Despite a meaningless first season in Formula One in 2021, Mick Schumacher believes his difficult debut year has made him grow as a driver.
Mick Schumacher is two races into his second Formula One season, and the German believes he has improved in the last year.
Mick Schumacher, the descendant of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, had a difficult debut season in Formula One, as his uncompetitive Haas prevented him from scoring points or engaging in regular battles with other drivers in the midfield.
He did, though, outrun ex-teammate Nikita Mazepin and boasted about the progress he believed he had accomplished over the previous year.
“I feel like I’ve grown, and I feel like I’ve made a step,” Schumacher told in an exclusive interview.
“Hopefully that’s enough to race competitively and do the job that is necessary.
“I feel that [I’ve] been able to improve in every aspect, and there is not a special thing now that I would say stands out.”
Schumacher is suffering from second-season syndrome
Prior to moving up to Formula One, Schumacher won the F2 and European F3 titles in his racing career, however both of those titles came in his second year in both series, after placing 12th the year before.
Despite the fact that his latest triumphs came after a year in similar settings, Schumacher refused to speculate on why.
“Yes, we’ve seen that in the past, but it’s not that my first years have been bad,” said Schumacher of his junior formulae.
“Sometimes I was a bit unlucky, sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Despite the fact that Schumacher has yet to win a title point in barely over a season in Formula One, he was quick to point out that 2021 was not the catastrophe it seemed on paper to be.
“I think the last year was a very positive year,” said Schumacher.
“How much I’m able to improve this year, it’s going be really interesting to see.
“I feel I have all the tools I need to do that step, and if the car helps in that specific role, then I’m sure that we will have a positive year.”
“There’s no plan, other for driving fast!” he said of his long-term goals.
Haas on the up in 2022
While Schumacher and Haas struggled to convert in 2021, his team mate Kevin Magnussen has taken advantage of the American-led team’s increased competitiveness, earning 12 points to catapult Haas to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Schumacher also seized the opportunity to brag about his new stablemate.
“We’ve been in constant exchange,” said Schumacher.
“He’s very mature, and that’s something I would say for myself as well, so I think that that side really works well together.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to give the right feedback to move forwards and essentially make the team faster.
“[As a driver], you want to try and do good, and to show that you do good is to beat your teammate, so that’s my goal, and I think that’s quite clear to everybody.”
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