Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher shares his thoughts on the first half of the 2021 Formula 1 championship, which for him represents the first Formula 1 season after joining Haas and described it, perhaps a little bluntly, as ‘average.’
Given the poor performance of Haas this season, it was difficult for Mick Schumacher to have high expectations, as the Ferrari junior has spent most of the time fighting teammate Nikita Mazepin at the back of the field. With Haas basically deciding to use the 2020 Formula 1 care for this season, Mick Schumacher was not able to challenge even the Alfa Romeo or Williams drivers, but these first races have been an invaluable experience for the Ferrari Driver Academy member.
Mick Schumacher was also impressive in the Hungarian Grand Prix, showing a good racecraft as he avoided the first lap chaos and later fought hard against the much faster cars of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for his position. Mick will be hoping to challenge Verstappen at the top of the grid in the next seasons, but for now he has reflected on his first half of an F1 season and described it as rather par for the course:
“I think it was average. I’m not completely satisfied with how the first half has gone, but that’s also just part of the rookie year. My goal of course is to always do my best, but I still have work to do,” Mick Schumacher said in an interview for Bild, before looking back at the battle with Max: “That was very instructive. It was very good for us to be in that duel, to feel what it is like to be in the middle of a fight like that and to defend your own position.” – he explained.
Mick Schumacher has a lot of support especially among the Ferrari fans and many of them hope that one day Mick will be able to at least partially replicate the success of his father with Ferrari.