Formula 1 |  Haas F1: First 'special' points for Schumacher at Silverstone

Formula 1 | Haas F1: First ‘special’ points for Schumacher at Silverstone

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Mick Schumacher finally opened his points counter in Formula 1 this Sunday at Silverstone, during the British Grand Prix. The Haas F1 driver battled with Max Verstappen late in the race but fell short two tenths behind the Red Bull driver.

“Yes it was good! Especially the last two rounds with Max, it was difficult and interesting, it showed me what it was like to fight against him, for future battles I hope” said the German, welcoming the fact that the Haas VF-22 remains competitive despite the lack of upgrades.

“Yes I think, the pace has always been good with the car. Some have brought changes and we have regressed, some have progressed by bringing changes, and sometimes we have progressed without bringing any. Hopefully with our next set of developments, we will be able to take a step forward and be more competitive in the peloton.”

The week was very family at Haas, since he was accompanied by his mother Corinna and his sister Gina Maria, who congratulated him on the radio. In addition, the team had a big meal with all the families, for the race close to its factory, and Schumacher is happy to reward his team.

“It’s great, we had family day this week and we had family members, it’s like our home to all of us, and it’s special to be able to do that here. I also want to mention that seeing Seb Driving Nigel Mansell’s car was amazing for me. Hopefully next time we can race old cars together!”

Vettel hails Schumacher result

Schumacher made the mention to Sebastian Vettel as his compatriot and mentor joined him during the interview, to congratulate him on his eighth place finish. Vettel was ahead of him and Verstappen on the restart, but his medium tires kept him from fighting. He was thus able to witness the fight between his two executioners.

“I was very happy for him, I saw what happened, that he was getting closer, and I was screaming in the car ‘go Mick, go Mick!’. It’s been a long time, he deserves this result and it’s good that he has it” said the four-time world champion.

“When I saw him come out after the restart I saw he and Max were on soft tyres, I knew I couldn’t resist. I was hoping I could fight back and get them at the end of the race, but they were too fast. It was very entertaining to see them try every lap in Turn 15, side by side, and sometimes in Turn 6 and Wellington Straight.”

Magnussen admits strategic error late in the race

Kevin Magnussen completed Haas F1’s fine overall result with tenth place. The Dane tried to stay on track when the safety car intervened and admits it was a mistake, having made the decision himself.

“It was a good race, quite rough! The first laps were crazy, we had a good pace. Mick was faster and he was able to pass me on the DRS train” Magnussen said.

“Then we put the mediums on and I felt better with this set of tyres. The safety car came out and I made the wrong decision not to go in, it was my choice. But I was afraid to come out last and I didn’t want to. But it’s a good day, we both finish in the points.”

Almost three years without putting the two cars in the points

He confirms that his director, Günther Steiner, is very happy with this result, “Günther is very happy, he’s in seventh heaven, it’s been a long time since Haas scored two cars in the points. And at this time of year, with the same car we had in winter testing, it’s good to be both in the points.”

Magnussen is happy to bring his team a good result, the first double points finish since the German GP 2019: “It’s good for the team, it’s very good. They know the car is good, everyone was disappointed with the last races, but it’s just that things were not going our way.

“For Mick it will be a real confidence boost. He’s had a tough start to the year, and he sees in the data that he’s on the same level as me, and I tell everyone it’s going to be okay for him, he’s going to get into the rhythm.”

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