Bahrain GP: Mick Schumacher Explains His Spin on Haas F1 Debut

Published 03/31/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Mick Schumacher had his first race in F1 at the opening round in Bahrain. However, things didn’t go as planned for the rookie as he spun around the track. The young German finished the race in 16th position.

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Schumacher Jr said it was because of the cold tires that he spun off the track and admitted he wasn’t happy about it. But he hopes to learn from his mistakes for the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The Haas team didn’t have the best of times in Bahrain. Nikita Mazepin had an early retirement in the race as he crashed and Schumacher finished 16th and couldn’t grab any points for the American team in the opening race.

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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

Mick Schumacher states that cold tires were the reason he spun

In the post-race interview, the German stated, “I’m not very happy because I made a mistake. The reason for this mistake is probably that I was too enthusiastic about handling at the start after the safety car. I have definitely learned something and will carry this learning to the next week.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Schumacher added, “It was definitely very difficult to get the tires to hold. Tires have become very cold while the safety car is on the grid. When we started again, I focused on them and tried to raise their temperature.”

“It was very difficult and the car became unpredictable, so I made a mistake in turn four. However, things were fine after that. I had a good ride with hard tires, that was good.” the rookie concluded.

(Quotes translated via Google)

Guenther Steiner happy with the German despite not earning points

The American team didn’t finish in the top ten and hence couldn’t grab any points, but the team was happy with how his rookie German performed. Steiner said, “I’m very happy with how he did it. He improved in each stint on tyres, very good, very calm, very good communication with his team.”

“Except for one spin, nothing else went wrong. The advice I gave him: Keep on doing this and we will get there pretty soon to be at a good level.”

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The Next F1 race will give Haas another chance for earning some points. Will the two rookie drivers make the most out of that opportunity in the second round of the season? What did you think of Schumacher’s debut in F1? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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