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Schumacher ready for F1 debut despite short pre-season

Haas' new signing Mick Schumacher says he feels ready to go racing, despite only getting a day and a half in the car in pre-season testing.

Mick Schumacher says he's ready to make his Formula 1 debut, when he races for Haas at the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The German driver is following in the footsteps of his illustrious father Michael, who made his debut 30 years ago with the Jordan team. Mick, who won the Formula 2 title in 2020, steps up to F1 this year with Ferrari backing as part of their Driver Academy. He'll race for Ferrari customer Haas. Speaking after pre-season testing, where he had just a day and a half of time in the car and lost most of half a day due to a gearbox issue, Schumacher said he feels as ready as he possibly can to go racing. "I'd be ready to go racing tomorrow, really," Schumacher said. "So, you know, we did so much analysis through yesterday, obviously, because I was able to be was able to drive and get those race runs in. So I was able to go through all the data and correlate that to to the previous day when track conditions were different. I'm able to extract and then attract the feeling that I have on track and then really able to feel every little change that I do that kind of changes the way the tyre behaves on track and the car's behaviour on track. So yeah, I do feel ready, I would go racing tomorrow if it was up to me!" An enthusiastic Schumacher expressed his delight with the fact he gets to drive a Formula 1 car far more often, and said he would drive every day just for the pleasure of it! "It feels even better driving this car than I expected," he said. "This is really fun. And it's something I won't get quickly bored of. Hopefully the race weekend comes quick enough. I'm really looking forward to the season. I would love to drive everyday. I could put in another eight days of testing and just go straight into the race weekend!"

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