Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael, drove the Ferrari F1 car for the first time in Bahrain and went on to set the second fastest time of the outing.
The youngster said that the car ‘felt like home’ but he won’t be returning for the rumoured testing in Barcelona next month.
According to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Schumacher will be replaced by Antonio Fuoco next month, in order to focus on his F2 season.
Rene Rosin is the current team manager at Prema Powerteam which has strong connections to both Mercedes and Ferrari – and he is adamant that Schumacher should spend his time with F2.
Rosin said: “It is right that Mick remains focused on his work in Formula 2.”
“His debut was in line with what we expected.”
Schumacher followed up an eight-placed finish in the Bahrain feature race with sixth-place in the sprint race.
“These first races are difficult,” Rosin added.
“The trouble with F2 is there is not much time to practice.
“You go into qualifying without testing the soft tyres and have a maximum of two laps before they degrade.
“This is also a category full of veterans who have been there for 3 or 4 years who know what they are doing.”
Although Rosin isn’t keen to make a big deal of the decision, it may come as a surprise to supporters after his impressive display last time out.
“It was astonishing,” Schumacher said after his Ferrari testing debut earlier this month.
“The feeling I had, going out, first time on the throttle and everything, was, like, ‘this thing has serious power’.
“I felt good. There’s so much potential in the car in terms of speed through the corners and traction and everything, that it’s hard to describe and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.
“It was beautiful to make those first laps, and obviously seeing all the guys working with the car, working with me. I felt very comfortable, I felt like home.”