Ferrari junior driver Mick Schumacher has shown his best performance so far in a final training session in Turkey: The Haas driver was able to shine in tricky conditions – starting position 14.
When Mick Schumacher stepped out of the Haas box after his final training at the Turkish Grand Prix, spontaneous applause broke out from the main stand. The young Ferrari driver really deserves this token of recognition: 14th place in qualifying, his best performance in a Formula 1 final training session!
“We didn’t only get lucky, (the team) did a good job,” Steiner told reporters. “Everything was done good. It shows you just have to keep working and things will come to us.
“That was my personal greatest satisfaction today, to see how the team executed. We are ready for next year, we are fine,” he added. “If we have a better car, the race team is ready to get some points.”
Mick had already been fast enough to advance into the second qualifying segment, but at the time he was unable to take part in Q2 due to an accident. Schumacher is pleased: “That feels good, we have fought for this rank in treacherous conditions, nothing has been given to us.”
“Of course the circumstances played into our hands, but we gratefully seized this opportunity. The car felt great. My penultimate lap wasn’t perfect. I knew for sure – I now have one more opportunity to improve myself. But I was calm because it was clear to me that we had the speed we needed to advance. When I crossed the finish line, my race engineer Gary reported on the radio, in the background I heard people cheering, I already knew that we had made it; a really nice feeling! ”
Would it have even been possible to make a sensational place in the top ten on this day without the yellow flags at the end (slip by Sainz, Verstappen and Stroll)? Mick believes in it: “The track got better and better. And in the second part of the qualification we were roughly on par with Yuki Tsunoda, who finished tenth in terms of lap times. It’s hard to say whether it would have been enough, but I would still have found a few tenths. But that would have been entirely possible. ”
Good question: Why is Haas more competitive this weekend than on other routes? Mick says: “Maybe that has something to do with the characteristics of the asphalt, and of course mixing ratios help us. The field has narrowed here, and it’s nice that we can fight there. What I am most pleased about – this speed in such conditions is real, nothing has fallen into our lap.”