With his position at risk in Formula 1 ahead of the 2023 season, it would be very important for Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher score some noteworthy results in the final races of the current championship. The rumors that Haas is looking elsewhere for completing its 2023 driver line-up are more and more frequent in the paddock and the fact that the young German driver finished the Japanese GP with a 17th place ahead of French AlphaTauri driver, Pierre Gasly, doesn’t help.
At the same time, it certainly did not put him in a good position having damaged the car during the first free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, in a moment when there was no need to push.
Things could have gone very differently for Mick in the race, if only the team hadn’t told him to lengthen the initial stint on the Full Wet compounds so much, when the track was clearly better for the Intermediate tyres, calling him last to switch to Intermediates.
Ralf Schumacher: “Mick was running well”
A rather bizarre strategy, aimed at exploiting a possible safety car that never entered the track, and which Mick’s uncle, Ralf Schumacher, commented as follows: “Mick was doring well. Haas’ questionable tactics deprived him of finishing in a better position. Having said that, I believe Haas is moving in the right direction, even if it is not yet clear how much budget they will have for next season and how much performance the engine will be able to bring.” – the former F1 driver explained.
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Strategies, the weak point of Haas and Ferrari
Strategies are certainly a weak point that according to Michael’s brother the American team shares with that of Maranello: “I believe that both sides – Mick and Haas – should benefit from what they have built together. Mick has progressed a lot over the weekend. However, the team should rethink the mistakes made in terms of strategic decisions and should try not to repeat them in the future. The same thing goes for Ferrari. Not everyone manages to be as good as in Red Bull.” – Ralf Schumacher concluded in his usual post-race column for ‘Sky Sports Germany’.
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