Mick Schumacher Drives Ferrari F8 Tributo at Fiorano Circuit

Mick Schumacher driving the Ferrari F8 Tributo at Fiorano 11 photos
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The Portofino may be the most “affordable” Ferrari out there, if you can call it that, but the F8 Tributo is the core business of the Prancing Horse. Taking the lessons learned from the 488 Pista, the latest and the greatest mid-engined supercar from Maranello is also to the liking of Mick Schumacher.
“Hold up, isn’t he driving in Formula 2 for Prema Racing, the team with ties to both Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG?” That’s right, ladies and gents, and the 20-year-old German racing driver also happens to be a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy since January 2019. So this here is no coincidence, but a promo as part of his contract with the Prancing Horse.

As opposed to advertisement features such as Richard Hammond x Ford Ranger Raptor x DriveTribe, the son of Michael Schumacher and the editing for the following video combine into a far superior promo. “Polished” and “organic” are two of the words that come to mind, more so when Mick talks about his motocross days at Fiorano and when he was in the stands looking at Michael testing for Ferrari mostly in the winter. So what does he think about the car?

“Very close to a Formula car” is one of his views, which doesn’t sound too exaggerated given the aerodynamic trickery of the F8 Tributo and how close a Formula 2 single-seater is to the Ferrari in terms of output. On the other hand, this comment harks back to how MINI claims their newest car goes like a “go-kart” with each and every press release since time immemorial.

The remark we agree with 100 percent is how the F8 Tributo handles on the track. The 458 and 488 series were at the top of their segment back in the day, but the newcomer boasts even more software, mechanical modifications, and aerodynamic enhancements to level up handling and high-speed stability. In regard to how easy it is to reach the limits of grip while keeping the F8 Tributo under control, don’t forget that Mick is a pro driver.

On an ending note, wanna bet a tenner that Schumacher Jr. will drive Formula 1 cars in 2021, starting with Alfa Romeo Racing then Ferrari?

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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