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Mick Schumacher said he was on the verge of reaching a lifelong goal as he prepares for his Formula 1 debut.

The 22-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will train in Bahrain on Friday before his Grand Prix bow.

Nine years after the German resigned and three decades after his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1991, the name Schumacher will return to the sport.

Schumacher won 91 times for Benetton and Ferrari. His number of wins was surpassed by Lewis Hamilton last year.

The 52-year-old Schumacher has not been seen in public for more than seven years after a skiing accident in the French Alps left him with devastating brain injuries. Mick was by his side at the time of the tragic accident. His condition was later kept as a closely guarded secret.

When asked how his father feels about his inaugural race, Schumacher said: “This is of course a very private question and not a question that I have to answer.

“As for the family, I’m alone here. I have my group around me and we will take on the task of entering my first Formula 1 race.

“I got into a go-kart when I was two and a half years old. I tried different sports, soccer, ice hockey, but there was never anything that made me feel the same as when I was running, and I never felt like I wanted to do anything different.

“So I followed it up and we took it to a more professional level when we were 12. That’s when I started racing internationally and it was a decision I made with my father. It took a long time, but I’ve always wanted that. “

Schumacher, who won the Formula 2 championship last year, is expected to compete mostly in the back of the field, with his Haas team being among the back markers.

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