Schumacher won’t be forgetting his spin anytime soon

Schumacher won’t be forgetting his spin anytime soon
Schumacher won’t be forgetting his spin anytime soon
At the wheel of a Haas VF-21 which is clearly the least competitive single-seater on the grid, Mick Schumacher could not hope for much for his first Grand Prix in Formula 1. In Bahrain, the German rookie dominated his teammate Nikita mazepin in performance throughout the weekend, crossing the finish line in 16th and last place, 48 seconds behind the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel (38 seconds after application of a penalty for the German). Finishing the race was his main goal.

Schumacher can however regret having lost ten seconds in a spin on the fourth lap, just after the intervention of the safety car following the Mazepin accident at the start.

“In general, I think I should say I’m happy”, comments the Haas pilot. “I’m a little disgusted with the mistake at turn 4 at the restart, of course. The car swerved, and it happened so quickly that I instantly lost control and went head-to-head. tail. Sixteenth looks better than it actually looks, we finished last, but still I think we did everything we needed to do. We went through all the things we wanted to test and I really think better figure out the car, and I’ll save that for the next weekend. “

“I was probably too enthusiastic about the grip we had after the abortive start, the safety car, etc. It’s really something that I learned and that I will remember for the next weekend. end. Maintaining the grip in the tires was very difficult. The tires cooled very quickly during the safety car, at the restart I tried to really focus on warming up. It was just really hard, well of course the car got very unpredictable as a result, that’s why i made a mistake at turn 4. But after that it went relatively well. We had a really good stint in C2, it was very well.” Schumacher put on the hard tires at the same time (on lap 33) as another rookie, Yuki Tsunoda, on whom he then lost a good second and a half on the lap, behind the wheel of a clearly inferior car.

A blunder such as this spin is in any case part of the classic learning process of a Formula 1 driver. “I made a mistake, and it’s something I won’t soon forget. I’ll try to figure it out, then turn the page and learn from it.”, concludes Schumacher, who will try to do better in Imola.

Interview by Erwin Jaeggi

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