Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies has revealed that seeing its academy drivers near Method 1 is proving to be “very emotional”.
Mick Schumacher, specifically, together with Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman stand getting ready to incomes a 2021 race seat.
F2 championship chief Schumacher is predicted to affix Alfa Romeo alongside Kimi Raikkonen ought to the Finn affirm his need to stay in F1 for an additional season.
Fellow F2 drivers Ilott and Shwartzman, in the meantime, are within the operating for a seat with one other of Ferrari’s energy unit clients in Haas.
Schumacher and F2 title challenger Ilott ought to have loved their maiden F1 outings in first observe for the current Eifel Grand Prix on the Nürburgring, just for the session to be fogged off.
Regardless of describing that as “a miss” for each drivers, and with hopes now they will run forward of the Abu Dhabi GP, Mekies is happy with what has been achieved and excited by what lies forward.
“The academy has been working very nicely this 12 months,” mentioned Mekies. “The fellows have executed an enormous job in dominating such a tough championship like Method 2.
“We all know they’ve dominated the Method 3 championship [in the past] so there’s a pattern there that we belief that these guys are on the precise path.
“It [the Academy] could be very a lot built-in into Scuderia Ferrari. Mattia [Binotto] is driving it personally, is placing in numerous vitality and is giving us the means to do the programme we wish to do.
“Now we’re on the stage the place these guys are getting near the F1 degree, it is vitally emotional. It would give us a headache of easy methods to choose the precise ones [for F1] and easy methods to hold growing the opposite one but it surely’s a superb headache to have.”
Regardless of Schumacher and Ilott lacking out on the observe session, Mekies added: “It would not change something to their growth.
“There are various different steps that they should make, they’re aware of it, and we’re starting for them this form of mini-road-to-F1 programme. It was solely a small delay in what’s a promising outcome.”
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