Mick Schumacher has been in vain since his Formula One debut at the 2021 season opener in Bahrain. Did the knot finally rupture at Silverstone after Canada’s performance (1. Ab training 14 Uhr im LIVE-Ticker >>>)?
The Haas pilot is going through his longest point drought since the start of his single-seat career. In his 30th Grand Prix (note: Saudi Arabia has yet to start and crash in qualifying) he hasn’t finished a single race within the points. His best result to date was 11th in this year’s season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit.
But Schumacher’s 23-year-old heir does not lose hope of liberation. In Miami he was still in a promising position in terms of points, but he crashed with compatriot Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and in Canada he was thwarted by the Ferrari power unit in seventh place.
“Mick needs time”
But the bullish sign Schumacher has shown despite costly demolitions of his VF-22 engine is on the radar of Formula 1 experts and Haas team boss Gunther Steiner. “(I’m) a fan with his performance. But I don’t know if he’s scratched the curve now. I always say: One swallow doesn’t make a summer,” he quotes “Motorsport-Total.com.”
Former Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who has established himself as an IndyCar driver at Andretti Autosport, knows the German’s qualities, but warns Canal Plus: “If Mick tries so hard to build on performances like in Bahrain, now is the time for mistakes to happen. He just needs to rest and take His time. Sometimes in Formula 1, being a little slow means the end result is better results.”
But how long will the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher want to take his time? In the all-time “best list”, Mick is already sixth with 30 consecutive races without points and would tie – if he also finishes the Silverstone GP and Austrian Grand Prix without points – with Japan’s Toranosuke Takagi (32 races in 1998-1999).
Salvation at Silverstone thanks to the victory of Formula 3?
Schumacher has known the venerable Silverstone circuit since the days of the Junior Formula series and knows how to compete for successful races. Because in 2018, while still working at Prima Theodore Racing, he won his second Silverstone race.
Two years later he celebrated again in the same place – but in second place in the tenth Formula 2 race of the 2020 season.
Schumacher looks to Silverstone with anticipation: “At the Canadian Grand Prix it looked like it might be our day. We were able to keep up with most of our opponents and we were good in terms of speed. Hopefully we will be there this weekend (Silverstone, NB) able to get our point first”.
Because: “We should be pretty good with the average downforce setup. I think that might work for us.”
Schumacher could already lay the foundation for his first world championship points in qualifying on Saturday. Since there’s a 40 percent chance of rain falling on the island, the Haas Commander is known to know how to be quick in the rain (Canada: Network site number six).
Text source: © LAOLA1.at
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