Mick Schumacher Boldly Collates His Haas to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes

Published 09/27/2021, 10:33 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton poses with a red helmet from Mick Schumacher after winning the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The Russian GP was easily one of the most gripping races of the season. Duels were spread across the grid; however, early retirement for Mick Schumacher robbed him of participating in the action-packed second stint. His first DNF in F1, Schumacher made a bold claim while describing his short-lived race.

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In an interview with Sky Sports F1, Schumacher explained the reason Haas retired his car. “It seems to be internal to the engine. We tried to solve it on the track. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The rookie had an impressive run in Saturday’s qualifying; he missed out on Q2 by a second. Finding some impressive pace in his Haas chassis, Schumacher compared his car to Hamilton’s Mercedes.

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“I think we were doing pretty good in terms of speed at that point. The only one who was faster was Lewis Hamilton, so I’m actually pretty happy with that today’s race.”

While the newfound speed in the Haas has been noteworthy, Schumacher’s P16 qualifying was impressive. He out-qualified his teammate by 3.9 seconds, but comparing the Haas’ pace to Hamilton‘s remains interesting.

Mick Schumacher reflects on Sochi

Although his grid placement was advantageous, Schumacher didn’t have an impressive start. Explaining his mistake, the mistake that robbed him of a better race.

“I made the wrong choice of side that I wanted to put myself in. We knew that the right side would start worse overall. So we had planned that the left side would be[better for] us. Then unfortunately I got into a sandwich and felt a touch.”

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Nonetheless, the race had Sochi had a lot of learning points for the driver. Schumacher revealed having learned a lot from the eventful Russian GP. “I have a lot of positive things with me. It was one of our better races today. I would not have thought that. A little light at the end of the tunnel.”

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As the end of his rookie season draws near, Mick will continue with the American outfit for the 2022 season. The new regulations are believed to level the pecking order; having had a year-long learning experience with the sport, will Schumacher find his footing next season?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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