Four-time Formula 1 world champion and former Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel feels the ability of Mick Schumacher to stay “calm” and keep “motivated” at Haas shows just what an impressive future the young German driver can have in the sport.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut this season, but had to spend the entire year in an underperforming Haas car, after the American team confirmed even before the season started that their focus was already on developing the the project for the 2022 Formula 1 championship, when significant changes are scheduled for the cars.
“It’s very difficult with the car,” the former Ferrari driver said, in a recent interview for Sky Germany. “Everyone knows that it is the weakest car in the field. And still to stay calm and show the consistency and also the motivation… We are in communication more often and I think he has pushed the whole team, even if the starting position is not easy.” – he added.
The American team will most likely finish 10th in the Constructors’ Championship, with no points on the board for 2021. Yet team principal Guenther Steiner is confident things will improve in 2022, when Ferrari also hopes that Mick will be able to driver a car which can allow him to show his skills:
“I think the budget cap, for sure, has a lot to do with it because if there wouldn’t be a budget cap, the big teams would have parallel developed this year’s car, next year’s car,” Steiner said. “I think it’s a combination of the runs in the wind tunnel, they are limited and the CFD calculation time is limited. I think in general the playing field is more levelled out. We started off knowing that with this car there was no point to invest anything [in 2021] as the car wasn’t good in ‘19. Last year we stopped development completely, so to put a lot of investment – not only money, but also people – it’s not something you want to do because even with a good job you’re still in the lower midfield at the maximum, so we decided to go full out for next year. Hopefully that pays off.” – he concluded.