Mick Schumacher drove for Ferrari on Tuesday, more than 12 years after his father’s last race for the famed Italian Formula One team.
The 20-year-old Schumacher came out of the garage for his F1 test debut behind the wheels of the SF90 on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
He finished a rain-interrupted session in second place after clocking up 56 laps, just under six-tenth of a second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
He is set to drive for both Ferrari and partner team Alfa Romeo on Wednesday in the two days of Bahrain testing.
It is what could be another major step in his father’s footsteps into Formula One racing.
“It’s like we’re turning back time,” tyre makers Pirelli tweeted along with a photo of Mick Schumacher.
The Formula One website tweets included one that read: “A Schumacher. A Ferrari.”
And the Mercedes team, for which Schumacher had come out of retirement for three seasons in 2010 to 2012, tweeted:
“Special to see the Schumacher name back on an F1 car!”
Record F1 champion Michael Schumacher won the maiden Bahrain Grand Prix in a Ferrari in 2004, and also made a comeback with Mercedes on the track six years later.
He won five of his seven world titles racing for Ferrari between 1996 and 2006.
He has not appeared in public since sustaining severe head injuries in a skiing accident in late 2013.
Schumacher Jr, the 2018 European Formula Three champion who this season has begun racing in F2, has been part of Ferrari’s driver academy since January.