Mick Schumacher of Haas found that the key to victory in 2022 will be being one of the first drivers to grasp the new vehicles.
Mick Schumacher has downplayed the significance of Formula One’s proposed rules, claiming that the cars in 2022 will be basically comparable to those in the previous season.
Schumacher, who is continuing with the Haas squad for his sophomore season, is aiming for a much better year after his squad forewent 2021 in order to focus on development for the new regulations.
After completing his first circuits during testing in Barcelona, in what was a compromised test for Haas as they encountered numerous mechanical issues, Schumacher shared his early impressions on the new car’s performance.
“I wouldn’t call it night and day,” Schumacher told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about how different the cars are handling.
“We still go in circles and quick! I think overall, without going too much into detail, we have to readapt.”
Schumacher noticing the extra weight from behind the wheel
According to Schumacher, the driver who understands the new cars the quickest will certainly have a significant edge to begin the year, especially if new challenges and issues arise as a result of the new rules.
“We have to analyse things differently and probably approach things differently,” he said.
“There will be different concerns compared to last year, and it’s just about a matter of being one of the quicker drivers to analyse them and understand them so that you, at the end, have the tools you need to survive the race the right way.”
The German racer also remarked on the weight of the cars, claiming that the greater weight caused by larger wheels and increased safety features has resulted in a significant difference behind the wheel.
“I think that the main thing is the weight,” he said.
“Obviously that plays a role in nearly every corner – mostly low-speed corners, though. But, overall, I do enjoy driving these cars. I think the initial thought is positive.”
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