Mick Schumacher will get his hands on his 2021 HAAS Formula 1 machine a little early, with the American team announcing that the German will debut for them in Free Practice 1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The outing will be Schumacher’s first official session in F1 machinery. He had previously been scheduled to drive for Alfa Romeo at the Eifel Grand Prix before the session was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

Instead, Schumacher will now take to the VF-20 in FP1 at Abu Dhabi on Friday, December 11, before participating in the end of season young driver test at Yas Marina Circuit, Tuesday 15 December.

Schumacher was officially announced as a HAAS F1 driver for 2021 on Wednesday morning, signing a multi-year with the team. The Championship leader will partner his Formula 2 rival, Nikita Mazepin, at HAAS, after the Russian was announced at the team on on Tuesday.

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