Mick Schumacher may still not have scored a point in F1 this season, but reliability has been a real bright spot for the young German since the start of the year, having never given up before. the Russian Grand Prix.
Since the start of the 2021 campaign, Mick Schumacher has systematically crossed the finish line in the fourteen rounds contested before the Russian Grand Prix. Unfortunately, this statistic fell last Sunday on the 33rd lap of the race in Sochi when the Haas driver had to retire due to a mechanical problem.
“It looks like it was an engine problem, we tried to solve the problem directly on the track, but we didn’t succeed. « Schumacher said.
“It’s like that, it’s Formula 1, and these things can happen. This is my first quit this year, I was secretly hoping it would last longer [le fait de ne pas abandonner] and not even at all, but that’s part of the game. «
« I think until then [jusqu’à l’abandon], we were very good in terms of pace, the car was handling really well, so there are still a lot of positives to take away. «
Fourteenth on the starting grid of the Russian Grand Prix, despite his retirement, Schumacher was able to gain experience in the middle of the peloton in the first laps of the race, which has only happened very rarely for him this year.
“I think starting from the dirty side of the track made it even more difficult for me at the start. « added the German.
“Afterwards in the peloton I just tried to find the right place to be, but I got sandwiched and I think I hit Antonio’s car [Giovinazzi, le pilote Alfa Romeo]. «
“It’s a shame because I think the pace was there. We probably would have managed to get closer to the cars in front. We will therefore simply retain the positive points, analyze them and move on to Turkey. [la prochaine course de la saison]. «
Mick Schumacher’s best race result so far has been a twelfth position at the finish of the Hungarian Grand Prix.