Mick Schumacher was pleased with the work put in behind the wheel of the SF71H Ferrari, as he believes the mileage put in at Fiorano on Thursday will help him when pre-season testing comes along in March.
The German got through a trouble free run that was devised by Scuderia engineers, which included practice starts and more than 50 laps, as he prepares for his maiden Formula 1 campaign with Haas. Schumacher believes the experience will help him get up to speed more quickly, especially with preseason testing in Bahrain in March fast approaching.
"Finally sitting in a car again is a feeling I was missing a lot," Schumacher stated via a Ferrari press statement. "I think today has definitely been a positive day at the track. We managed to get through the entire programme that we had scheduled without any problem and it was clearly very useful to be able to get through so much mileage at the wheel of a Formula 1 car in view of the coming season that will be starting in about a month and a half with the pre-season testing.
"The SF71H is a car from 2018 but its behaviour on the track and the feelings that it gives to the driver are very similar, both in terms of how it behaves on the track and physical stress to a current car. That makes it an excellent base when it comes to preparation for the new season."
This is the fifth time Schumacher has been behind the wheel of a Ferrari, though it is the first time he's stepped into the SF71H.