The young Schumacher accepts his apology without further ado, Alonso even defends: “These things happen. Especially in those parts of the track where you have a long bend in front of you and are already preparing for the next one. You dive inside and this time it just didn’t work, “says the Haas rookie, showing his understanding for his opponent, who is 18 years older than him.
The fact that Schumacher takes the setback with ease also has to do with Haas’ racing pace in Istanbul. The US racers are once again the slowest cars in the field. Since there were no failures on Sunday, Schumacher and his team-mate Nikita Mazepin finished the Grand Prix behind in the last two places.
In the end, Schumacher is more than satisfied with his weekend in Turkey: “Overall, we can be very happy with it. Without much chaos, we knew that it would be tough today. That’s why we ended up where we would otherwise have ended up.” Probably even without the Alonso collision, as Schumacher admits: “I don’t see that I would have crossed the finish line five places further up, at most one.”
“We learned a lot, such as how to be competitive at the start”, Schumacher draws a positive conclusion and suggests that he has inherited not only the talent but also the world championship of his father: “There is no reason to be unhappy. We don’t drive for the championship. I just take everything that went well with me from here. I leave everything bad behind me. “
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