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Second-year Haas F1 Team driver Mick Schumacher adjusts to life with a faster Formula 1 car.
And his boss, Haas team principal Gunther Steiner, says this may keep the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher from matching the pace of veteran teammate Kevin Magnussen so far in 2022. That, and Schumacher makes unusual mistakes.
“Mick has to learn to race up front,” the Haas team boss told European media outlet Die Welt. “It’s closer in midfield. I told him the higher you climb in F1, the thinner the air gets.”
However, Steiner thinks the 23-year-old Schumacher will steadily improve and adapt. He could do better, or his dreams of making it to Ferrari’s mother team won’t last long.
Schumacher remains winless in F1 until 25 career races. Meanwhile, Magnussen has scored points by finishing in the top 10 in three of the four races in 2022, including fifth place in the season-opening race in Bahrain.
“It’s new for (Mick) to use the car for an overtaking maneuver,” said Steiner. “Last season we only drove behind the others, so he rarely succeeded. But he wants to get better and spends a lot of time in it.”
F1 legend Gerhard Berger insists Schumacher’s full focus at this point should be on getting ahead of Magnussen, rather than positioning himself as the next Ferrari driver.
“It would be very, very dangerous if he even started thinking about getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari now,” Berger told Sky Deutschland. “First, he has to succeed at Haas and that means he has to beat his teammate.”
Schumacher’s next chance to score points and beat his veteran teammate is on May 8 at the inaugural F1 Miami Grand Prix.
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