Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael will continue his Formula 1 development with Toro Rosso by taking part in four practice sessions at grands prix between now and the end of the season.
Gelael, 20, got his first taste of F1 machinery back in April at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, filling Toro Rosso’s young driver allocation.
The Indonesian appeared once again in last month’s running at the Hungaroring, and will next feature in opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 15.
Gelael will also get to sample the STR12 car on a grand prix weekend at Sepang in Malaysia, the Circuit of The Americas ahead of the United States Grand Prix, and finally in Mexico one week later.
“What an amazing opportunity! I want to thank everyone who made this possible and most importantly for the belief they have shown in me,” Gelael said.
“It is an honor to be driving in Formula 1, starting in Singapore and Malaysia, two venues that are so close to my home country, Indonesia.
“I will use the opportunity to absorb like a sponge everything I can and learn as much as possible. I hope I can do a good job for Scuderia Toro Rosso and provide the team with good data from these important first sessions.”
Geleael made his debut in the F2 category in 2015 when it was GP2, claiming four points finishes during that period, the highlight being a run to P2 in last year’s Austria feature race.
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.