Ferrari Driver Academy member and Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher looked back on a very difficult United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, after ending the race outside the points zone at the American team’s home event.
Mick Schumacher finished in P15 on track and was promoted to fourteenth place as a result of Alpine driver Fernando Alonso getting a 30-second post-race time penalty, due to damage caused to his car by the collision with Lance Stroll which left parts loose on his Alpine car.
Despite the fact that the race stewards considered his car was dangerous and therefore gave him a post-race penalty following Haas’s protest, Alpine has confirmed that it will contest the decision in a hearing on Thursday ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Debris from Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll incident caused damage to Mick’s car
However, the knock-on effect from the crash between the Alpine and Aston Martin cars at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) led to debris strewn across the track, most notably a huge chunk taking out Lando Norris’ left wheel guard.
Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher also suffered damage to his Haas car as a result of the debris on track in Austin, which made life difficult for the German driver and left him feeling downbeat as it led to another race finished outside the top ten, due to the poor race pace in the second part of the United States Grand Prix:
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“We picked up quite a bit of damage in the second stint, so when there was the crash it seems like there was a big piece [of debris] which some somehow flew into the car and broke big chunks off it,” – the Ferrari Driver Academy member said, at the end of the Austin race – “Then obviously the contact with Latifi broken on top of it, so the car didn’t didn’t feel the same way and therefore the pace wasn’t right anymore and everything kind of slipped away.”
As the American team is still evaluating its potential line-up for the 2023 Formula 1 championship, Mick Schumacher now has three more chances this season to show Haas what he is capable of and receive a contract extension for the 2023 F1 campaign.
Rumors have increased in the last month regarding the possibility of Haas deciding to opt for Nico Hulkenberg to complete its line up for the next season, as 1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill feeling that it might be better for the American side to go with a more experienced lineup for the following years.
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