Mick Schumacher got his first taste of life behind the wheel of a Formula 2 car this week after it was announced he would be making the step up from Formula 3 for the 2019 season, and praised the performance of the more powerful cars as "incredible".
The son of legendary driver, Michael Schumacher, won the Formula 3 championship this season after a dramatic mid-season turnaround to defeat his closest rival, Dan Ticktum of Red Bull.
Earlier this week he was confirmed as being promoted to F2, and at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi he got the chance to test his new machine.
"Incredible, I was very excited!" he told Motorsport-Magazin.com when asked about the more powerful car.
"The performance and weight are the biggest differences compared to a Formula 3 car, and it's amazing how much faster you can go in straight line.
"We only did aerodynamic tests because we are trying to improve the car, but I would like to do even a few extra fast laps on the limit."
Performance and weight are the biggest differences compared to a Formula 3 car. It‘s incredible how much faster you drive on the straight. #FirstDayF2Test #F2 @PREMA_Team @TheodoreRacing1 #SCM #QuickMick #TeamMS pic.twitter.com/YT7tjuc4YX — Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) November 29, 2018
After his impressive title win in F3, there were rumours circulating that the 19-year-old could actually be called up to F1 and skip F2 altogether, but Schumacher is happy with how things have turned out, saying there is no rush to get to the top level yet.
"I feel ready for the task and it was logical to stay with the Prema also in this category," he added.
"We'll see about the rest in the future. We'll take it one step at a time. There's no hurry."