’16 Sounds Better Than It Is’: Mick Schumacher Self-Critical After His F1 Debut

Published 04/04/2021, 12:48 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


All the eyes of the F1 community were on Mick Schumacher last weekend. Even if he was just making his senior debut with a backmarker, fans were keen to see how he held himself in the face of pressure. And he had a solid outing as he brought the car back home. However, the German is not completely content with his performance.

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Guenther Steiner would have wanted his rookie drivers to gain some experience behind the cockpit and finish the race. While his teammate, Nikita Mazepin, failed, he achieved that as he crossed the finish line in 16th place.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Though, he nearly joined his Haas teammate in retirement as he spun off the track. But he was able to keep the engine running and rejoin the race.

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“I would say I’m 90 percent satisfied with my performance. The remaining ten annoys me because I made a mistake when restarting and spun. Fortunately, the car remained intact. After that, I was able to expand my wealth of experience,” said Mick Schumacher after his debut.

“Rank 16 sounds better than it is. Because the fact is – we were the last to cross the finish line. But apart from my lathe operator, we did everything right. I’m learning more about this car with every lap.”

Mick Schumacher learning more about the tires after his spin

In this current era of F1, understanding the tires is almost as important as pure driving skills. It is important to keep the compounds at optimum temperatures all the time. If they are too hot, you run the risk of damaging them too early.

And if they are too cold, you won’t find much grip on the track. That’s what happened to Mick as he got too enthusiastic on the throttle when his tires were cold –

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“I have to understand better how the tires react when they are not up to temperature. The lathe happened to me because the rollers were not warm enough… But I will learn a lesson from this.”

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – OCTOBER 13: Mick Schumacher #4 looks on after race 1 of the final race of the Formula 3 Championship at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

There is a long way to go for Mick Schumacher. He’s overpowering his teammate in all the departments as of now. Hopefully, the season ahead brings him some points finishes.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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