(Motorsport-Total.com) – After six of the 22 races in the 2022 Formula 1 season, Mick Schumacher is the only regular driver besides Nicholas Latifi who has yet to score any points in the world championship. In Miami (a collision with Sebastian Vettel) and Barcelona (a setback at the end of the race) he was close. But after 27 races, he’s still waiting for the first point of his career.
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Gunther Steiner expects Mick Schumacher to score points soon
The Haas team has not publicly criticized Schumacher. But Gunther Steiner does not hide it, “We have to score points everywhere and we have to score points with both drivers. There is hard work behind it, but at some point we have to succeed,” says the team boss.
Kevin Magnussen has scored points in three of the six weekends so far and is 10th in the Drivers’ Championship with 15 points. Steiner believes that the result of the first point could also undo Schumacher: “This would give him self-confidence. It is difficult to say whether it will also affect his pure driving performance.”
Steiner: “You’ll succeed at some point.”
“Last week could have been good,” Steiner says. “Before that Miami had a good weekend too. But it never worked out. Every time something goes well, something happens. We’re about to get there. In the end, it will work because the car is good enough. I’m sure That I’ll do that he can do.”
Steiner is not afraid that Schumacher will become too confident once he scores points for the first time: “I’m more worried that he’s going to get desperate and try too much, run over the car. It could happen more easily. But I think the will is very close. The most important thing now is to be patient.” .
Barcelona: Wrong strategy costs a better result
Schumacher was 14th in Barcelona, and in the end, he was half a minute short of 10th (Yuki Tsunoda in AlphaTauri). Schumacher was still ahead of the Japanese on lap 57 of 66. But with his two-stop strategy and older tires on the field (35 laps from the old average at the end), he was overtaken for the last 10 laps.
“In the first period it turned out that three stops is better,” says Schumacher. “But we didn’t change our strategy.” “But we can learn from that, we have to understand that. The team had several meetings on this and I think we understand where the problem is. I’m sure we have a better handling of it now.”
Schumacher defends Mick in points battle: ‘Haas has to come up with something’
Haas has to come up with something for Sky expert Ralf Schumacher so that Mick can finally score points in Monaco.
“We knew the hard frame didn’t work. Medium was good, but not as good as two soft groups. Medium had a better reputation than it did in the end. That’s unfortunate, but if you stop one, two if you react too late, turn around quickly big “.
Schumacher does not lose his cool
“Sometimes it takes seconds. If you go past the pit entrance, it costs you a lap first. Then you discuss half a lap again and the next turn disappears. Two turns, and that’s four laps for us in our cost situation situations,” he calculates.
Schumacher does not share Steiner’s concerns that he could risk too much under pressure and lose the necessary calm: “There are still many races to come. It’s just a matter of using them correctly,” he says coldly, but at the same time makes it clear: “I want to score.” points. This is what I’m here for. I want to be as high as possible in the World Cup. “
“The last two races were very good. I felt we would be able to score points. We didn’t manage to do that because of different circumstances. It’s not like it’s putting me under a lot of pressure. I’m looking forward to driving the car,” Schumacher said in front of Monaco.
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