Munich/Montreal – again no points. Mick Schumacher retired from the Canadian Grand Prix in a promising position.
Bitter: The German has to park his car early on lap 20 through no fault of his own.
By then, the 23-year-old was in seventh place and therefore certainly on points. After a strong weekend with P6 in qualifying, he could score points for the first time in his career and silence the critical voices around him, at least for a while.
Schumacher: “We had P5 pace”
The Germans let their frustrations run wild on Pitt Radio. His statement had to be replaced by a loud beep during the radio broadcast.
In an interview with the pay channel “Sky” after the race, he was clearly depressed: “Of course it’s an unpleasant feeling. We had the pace to be in the top 5 – so it’s especially annoying.” Although Schumacher lost the spot after the start, he was still in P7 when he retired. For teammate Kevin Magnussen, the race was over too early after an initial undetermined pit stop.
Haas disappoints Schumi
Soon after qualifying, team manager Günther Steiner stated that the goal of the race was to bring both cars across the finish line. But like the previous race, it should not be successful.
Haas said during the race that the problem in Schumacher’s car was related to the power unit. “MGU-K or MGU-H. I don’t know exactly either, but one of these two components is completely broken. This also caused the car to stop suddenly. So we have to stop it immediately to avoid further damage.” lay down.” , Schumacher gave a simple but bitter explanation after the race.
After all the criticism from his own ranks, the 23-year-old could hardly get over Haas this weekend. When Günther Steiner pressures his pupil, he must also provide him with reliable material.
Prior to this, the South Tyrolean had repeatedly demanded that Schumacher finally make it into the top 10. So finally there is another blow for the youngster, whose contract with his employer expires after the season.
To Mick, however, it feels like a tactical victory over Steiner and his public criticism.
What role does Ferrari play?
Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher summed up an optimistic Haas weekend: “It was an important liberation. There was a bit of turbulence at first, but now both sides know where they are. It’s great for the whole team. Magnussen Fast, mic fast, super race pace. Nothing can be done for what happened today. If anything, it’s Ferrari’s issue.”
As a reminder, the Haas team gets its engines from Scuderia.
Mick Haas already had problems with free practice in Monaco. The great Ferrari dilemma then manifested itself in Baku. Four cars with Ferrari engines were scrapped due to a technical fault. In Canada, it was only Schumacher’s Haas – Mattia Binotto made no statement after the race and did not want to know anything about the exact problem of leaving.
Next Chance at Silverstone
Ultimately, after the ninth round of the season, there are still no points for Mick Schumacher on the tableau. Like his uncle Ralph, he took positive things with him despite the disappointment: “We showed we had what it took to score points and I think today would have been the day. But as I said: Another day. “
Next opportunity will be at Silverstone in two weeks.
Schumacher does not need to hear any criticism after this weekend.
Instead, he deserves an apology.
by Luca Ostermeier
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