F1 | Exclusive Interview with Mick Schumacher: "We have the potential and it's just a matter of time" until we score points
Ahead of the Azerbaijan GP, MotorLAT spoke exclusively to Mick Schumacher. Here´s part 1 where the young German driver talked about the accident in Monaco, his relationship with Kevin Magnussen and his expectations for the rest of the season.
Mick Schumacher had his second big accident of 2022 in the previous race at Monaco, as his Haas car split in two. Thankfully the German could walk away from the accident unscathed.
Schumacher explained what happened as he lost the car.
"Obviously, conditions were quite tricky, as we all know. It´s just a fine line. Unfortunately I was just on the wet patch which created the problem in that case. Unfortunate but we move on from there and do our best here now."
After completely sacrificing 2021 to focus on the new regulations, Haas has made a big step forward this season.
Kevin Magnussen has scored 15 points and currently sits P10 in the Drivers' Championship. While Schumacher has come close to getting his first points in F1, he hasn't quite made it yet.
"Of course [there is more pressure this year]. We all want to do well, we all want to score points and the fact is that I don´t have any at the moment. I know it´s just a matter of time and a matter of putting in the work that is needed to get there.
"We´re on a good way, we had a few very good races already, but unfortunately we weren’t rewarded with points. So, yes, we have the potential and it´s just a matter of time."
Last year, Haas were well off the pace of the midfield and didn't score a single point. While some saw that as a benefit for Schumacher to learn about F1 in a backmarker car, it's something the German doesn't agree with, as he would have liked to have learned in the midfield last year.
"I think it would have been nice to have a car which could have fought for points last year. It´s something that I have to learn now, it´s something that´s different because it´s the first time that I have to fight for positions, especially this year. The teams are so close. Last year, it was a bit more spread out.
"This year, the midfield pack is basically… if you want to count it´s probably five or six teams which are fighting for that middle spot. It´s different, it´s fun, but it means that everybody has to be perfect and if you´re not it´s quickly you are out of points."
In 2021, Schumacher comfortably beat his former teammate Nikita Mazepin in both qualifying and in races.
This year has been much tougher, however. He's got the experienced Kevin Magnussen as his teammate and the Dane has started the season stronger.
When asked if having a strong benchmark like Magnussen is helpful, he said: "Well, it obviously gives me a different impression to F1 in general. Kevin has obviously done a few good years in F1, but he also has done endurance racing, so it´s definitely a different dynamic and it´s one that´s constantly changing and developing so yes, it´s very interesting."
In terms of their relationship, Schumacher is happy to work with the Dane.
'It´s pretty good. Obviously, he has a lot of experience and he´s a very open guy – but it doesn´t change the fact that when we race, we all race for our position. It´s a very different dynamic as I said, compared to last year."
It hasn't been the most ideal start to 2022 for the 2020 Formula 2 Champion. However, he's confident he can turn things around with fifteen races left in the season.
On what would be a positive season for him, he concluded: "It would be to have a successful year. I still have enough races to turn it around and to make it a good year."