Schumacher: "It’s hard to say I’m a driver who can’t impress in the first year"



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Schumacher: "It’s hard to say I’m a driver who can’t impress in the first year"

Mick Schumacher believes that in the first F1 season he has to reveal the boundaries of the car and is not afraid to go over them to get acquainted with the new Haas car for 2021, and he believes he has the potential to impress already in the first season.

After winning the title of runner-up in Italian Formula 4 in 2016, Schumacher moved to the European Formula 3 series, where in 2017 he finished 12th in the standings with one podium, and in 2018 he became the champion with eight wins and 14 podiums.

A similar scenario occurred during the transition to Formula 2 in 2019 in which he finished 12th in a row with one win, and in 2020 he became champion with two wins and ten podiums securing him a place on Haas ’F1 team for 2021.

Limited testing just three days before the new season will hit the three debutants the most, Schumacher, Mazepin, and Tsunoda, and the German believes he must use every opportunity to prepare for the new category. “Every kilometer is a positive thing because there is so little testing in Formula 1,” Schumacher told Auto Motor und Sport.

“As well as the feedback from the car - where is the limit, how fast can I get into a corner without understeer? Those things were very important for me to understand. " "You have to experience that and sometimes go across the border or drive on the grass as long as the car is intact."

"It's going to be one of the things at the beginning of the season, especially on tests where you can and should try things out."

Newcomers

Although Haas has opted for two debutants after four consecutive years with Magnussen and Grosjean, Schumacher does not think this is necessarily bad for the team.

"Yes, we are newcomers. But we spent many years in the junior categories. I’m sure we can help the team if we work together. He [Mazepin] had a few good races in Formula 2 last year and it will be very interesting to see who will adapt faster.

” Although Schumacher showed his best performance in Formula 3 and Formula 2 in the second season, the German believes that this may not be the case in Formula 1. “I think it’s hard to say I’m a driver who can’t impress in the first year and who can do everything in the second year,” Schumacher said.

"It may look like that on paper, but if you look better, the impression is wrong. Especially in Formula 2 where my first year [2019] was not so bad. ”