After a rookie season with great learning effects and a twelfth place as the best race result, Mick Schumacher is striving for something higher in his second year in Formula 1. 2022 should be a decisive year for the further career of the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher.
In 2021, still without a chance at the end of the field in a clearly inferior Haas car in practically every race, the 22-year-old wants to see significant progress in the coming season. Both in the performance of his car and in himself.
“Hopefully we have something on the car that gives us a small advantage, at least at the beginning,” said Schumacher in an interview with “car motor sports“. The Haas team had not further developed last year’s VF-21 model, saving all possible resources for the completely redesigned car for 2022.
Schumacher hopes for more duels in 2022
With his new car, which Schumacher himself has not yet tested on the track or in the simulator, the connection to the middle field in the Formula 1 driver’s field should succeed. “The hope is that everyone is closer together and you can drive against each other,” the 2020 Formula 2 champion finally wants to measure himself more in direct duels with the competition and develop further.
“Of course I would like to have more (duels, editor’s note), and of course I hope that I can grow and develop next year,” said Schumacher, who in his debut year in the premier class of motorsport mostly only with dueling his teammate Nikita Mazepin.
According to his own statement, before his second year in Formula 1, Schumacher is not yet thinking about making the move to one of the top teams in the F1 circus in the future. Most recently, he was shown how to do this by George Russell, who, after three instructive years in the backbench team Williams, made the leap to the record-breaking world champion team Mercedes.
“My focus is on next year. Everything else is too far away. I have to do a good job next year first,” says Schumacher, who is repeatedly traded as a potential regular driver for the future, especially at Ferrari.