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Mick Schumacher drives his dad’s iconic Ferrari to mark famous Italian brand’s 1000th F1 race

MICK SCHUMACHER drove his dad’s 2004 Ferrari before the legendary Italian manufacturer’s 1,000th Formula One race.

Michael’s son paraded around the track before the start of Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher drives his dad’s old Ferrari before the Tuscan Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher in the F2004 Ferrari car

Schumacher drove the car to his seventh world championship in 2004

The 21-year-old was in the cockpit of the F2004 – the car his dad drove to his seventh and final world championship 16 years ago.

The demonstration run around the track is part of the festivities put on to mark the Italian brand’s milestone.

And Ferrari described it as ‘a fitting tribute to the Scuderia’s most successful car and its incomparable driver’.

Michael, 51, suffered a severe brain injury in a horrific skiing accident in 2014.

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Wife Corinna, Mick and Schumacher’s daughter Gina-Marie care for him in Switzerland.

The F1 legend is still ‘fighting’ to recover according to best pal Jean Todt – one of a handful of visitors allowed to see the racing great.

Mick won his first feature race at Monza in Formula 2 last week and is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

It is not the first time he has taken his dad’s retro model for a spin after throwing it around Hockenheim before the German Grand Prix last year.

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Mick said: “This was always a dream for me to drive this car.

“I drove the car at Hockenheim last year but to drive it at Mugello in non-rainy conditions has been an absolute honour.

“Obviously knowing that a lot of kilometres have been done here with this car as well, and to be able to drive it and the second generation to drive it is something very special.

“I chose this livery because I wanted really to have everything I could for it to be as it was back then.

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“The feeling, the way it was driving and handling was very impressive. I’m sure some miles off what it was doing back then but it’s incredible.

“Thank you to Ferrari for this opportunity. “

Mick Schumacher in a mask before driving his dad’s car at Mugello

Michael Schumacher won seven world champs

Other special arrangements for Ferrari hitting four figures include a one-off burgundy colour scheme on their SF1000 cars.

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will race in the colour shade in a nod to the manufacturer’s origins.

The unique livery was first seen on the first racing car ever to carry the iconic Ferrari name.

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