F1 | Abu Dhabi GP | Mick Schumacher: "I want to prove everybody wrong who doesn't believe in me, because I know what I can do"
After the announcement of the no renovation of his contract with Haas, Schumacher explained his feelings prior to racing at the Yas Marina circuit.
When it became known that Haas would officially not renew Mick Schumacher's contract for the upcoming F1 season, the young German driver was the first to make the announcement when he posted a message on his personal social media accounts, just before the team announced his separation from Haas and Nico Hulkenberg was named as Kevin Magnussen's new team-mate.
The German's message was signed with the letters PTW, meaning "Prove Them Wrong" and the driver confirmed the message on Thursday's Press Day ahead of the final round of the 2022 Formula 1 Championship in Abu Dhabi.
"PTW, it's what I've been saying most part of this year," he replied when asked by Motorsport.com to explain his message.
November 17, 2022
"I just felt like saying that because I think I want to prove everybody wrong who doesn't believe in me, because I know what I can do. I've proven that in the junior categories, and I don't see a reason why I can't do that."
When talking about fighting for midfield positions, Schumacher accepted that he thinks he is doing a good job so far, in which was only his second season in the pinnacle of motorsport.
"Obviously, it's disappointing in some ways, because I feel like I've been doing a good job up to this point,"
"We've had our ups and downs, for sure. But I think that the trend was always pointing upwards. And I think that's what's important, and it's only my second year.”
"It was definitely something I had to get used to, being in the midfield pack fighting, and I feel that across the year we've managed to do that. And I feel like I've extracted the maximum amount of each situation. The trend is there."
Finally, when questioned about whether being a reserve driver or taking another role in another team in Formula 1 was an option, Schumacher resigned to not racing at least in 2023.
"I just want to put myself into a position where I know it's going to be right for me." he said.
"Whether that's as a reserve, if that's driving, that's to be discussed and to be analysed. I have the people that I trust around me who I will be consulting with and then I'll come out with some news, hopefully soon."