By Ben Nagle for MailOnline
Published: 14:37 BST, 29 September 2020 | Updated: 14:37 BST, 29 September 2020
Michael Schumacher's son Mick will make his Formula One debut in front of his home fans at the Nurburgring on October 9, it has been announced.
The Ferrari academy driver, 21, whose father is the legendary seven-time world champion, has been hotly-tipped for a big career in F1 and he will get his first taste of the main event at the next race on the calendar.
Schumacher will drive for Alfa Romeo in the first practice session at the Eifel Grand Prix, while his F2 rival Callum Ilott - an Englishman - will be behind the wheel of a Haas. Another F2 talent, Robert Shwartzman, will get his chance in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael, will make his first step up to F1 in October
Schumacher (right) is leading the F2 championship and wants to follow his father's footsteps
Seven-time F1 champion Michael has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in 2013
It is a huge milestone for Schumacher and comes just a stone's throw away from his home town. The Nurburgring is not currently on the F1 circuit but has been added this year on a much-changed schedule due to the coronavirus.
Responding to the news, Schumacher said: 'I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice. The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nurburgring makes this moment even more special.