“Mentally I was already in the points,” laughs Schumacher after the end of the race. “Being so close is a good comeback, considering that I didn’t drive much this weekend and had a difficult qualifying session,” the Haas driver doesn’t want to let the abrupt end of the race behind the safety car spoil his mood.
After all: Even without points, Schumacher can make a good business card on Sunday, because in a duel with Williams driver Nicholas Latifi, whom he finally defeats, the German shows two strong overtaking maneuvers: “Williams was super fast on the straights, he’s even with me DRS pulled away. That’s why I had to somehow pull through the maneuver and it was a good one,” says Schumi Jr.
Even his otherwise strict team boss Günther Steiner only has words of praise for Schumacher this time: “Mick did a fantastic job here: Finishing twelfth – considering how little time he had in the car and the pace we are expecting on this track have”, praises the Austrian.
Vettel finishes work early in Monza
Another former Ferrari star experienced the shortest appearance of all drivers on Sunday in the Royal Park: Sebastian Vettel: The Heppenheimer rolls out at the side of the track in Monza after just twelve laps. “I still don’t know what was going on. We lost power and that’s it,” explains Vettel disappointed: “Maybe something with the engine or the battery.” A little later, the team reports a defect in the energy recovery system as the reason for the failure.
Meanwhile, Vettel is certain: “That was definitely not our weekend, it was really tough: We were also very far away from the points and very slow. Then it’s always a difficult race, even if it’s not that long for me, of course was.” Vettel cites the reason for Aston Martin’s poor performance: “I think it has to do with the configuration here, the track just wasn’t our thing.”