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F1 | Schumacher hopeful for "that good moment" to turn the season around and score first F1 points

Mick Schumacher on yet another missed chance to finish in the top ten, after a difficult race start last Sunday in Imola.

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F1 | Schumacher hopeful for "that good moment" to turn the season around and score first F1 points
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic- MotorLat

Not the best start of the season for Mick Schumacher, as he is struggling to score his first points in F1 despite Haas having showed good potential to fight among the midfield. In the first Sprint race of 2022 last Saturday in Imola he managed to secure a P10 on the starting grid for the actual Grand Prix, but things didn’t go so well after the lights turned green.

"The start wasn't great, which made everything more difficult than necessary," he said when speaking to the media after the race.

“It was quite tight going through turns two and three, there were quite a few cars next to each other, plus there were cars spinning ahead so it was never going to make things easy."

His race opened with a half spin on the first lap - cost him a lot of positions - and ended with a spin at the Variante Alta chicane towards the end of the race.

"Maybe I was risking a little bit too much after a poor start. Obviously, from there on, it doesn't really matter what happens, just because you're trying so hard to get back to it. Even if I hadn't lost it at the chicane on the wet grass, it wouldn't have changed our position in that case."

"I think we had the pace to be around P10. It is not the first time we had the chance for points, I think we had it multiple times already this year,” he continued.

The closest he came to a points-finish was at the opening race in Bahrain, where he was P11 at the chequered flag. He had to miss the following race in Jeddah after a qualifying crash, while finished 13th in Melbourne and in 17th last weekend in Imola.

"It's not a frustration rising, it's just a matter of it being annoying, because I want to be in the points,” he explained.

"I enjoy racing and I surely enjoy racing in the points, and with the top guys. I think we had the car to do that today but, unfortunately, I just didn't get there at the right moment."

The season has started out quite better for his teammate Kevin Magnussen, who scored points in three out of four races so far.

Asked whether having an experienced driver like the Dane in the team is helpful for him as well, he replied:

“I think we were quite equal in terms of pace. We had a difficult qualifying because of a red flag and then rain. Up to that point we were actually faster than Kevin, so, yes it is great to have a good comparison but it would be better to have both cars in the points.”

Nonetheless Schumacher is confident things will take a turn for the best, as he isn’t new to seasons - both in Formula 3 and Formula 2 – starting off slow and then building up.

"I had this kind of championship already in the past, where the first races didn't go to plan," he explained.

"Once I had a great weekend, things just started rolling like an avalanche, so I'm just waiting for that good moment."

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