Formula 1: Positive test for Schumacher and Vettel

The Russian GP is off the 2022 F1 calendar due to the war with Ukraine and the associated sanctions against Russia, and the search for a replacement is ongoing. If the German F1 stars Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have their way, the premier class is welcome to stop in Germany instead and give both a home race.
“Formula 1 belongs in Germany, so it would be nice,” says Haas driver Schumacher. The 22-year-old already knows where he would like to drive: “My favorite would be the Nürburgring.” Compatriot Sebastian Vettel could also make friends with this, but he throws out a variant that is not meant to be taken seriously: A race on the legendary Nordschleife. “I won’t be there forever, maybe this is the last chance for it,” grins Vettel.

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The good mood among the Germans is no wonder, because in terms of sport, Schumi Jr. and Vettel have at least more reason to laugh after the test winter than in the often dreary previous year.

For Schumacher, the tests in Bahrain even end with overtime: the German and his Haas team are allowed two extra hours of testing on Saturday evening after the official end of the test because the team lost time on Thursday due to late air freight. Schumi Jr. uses the opportunity to move up to a strong second place behind world champion Max Verstappen in the daily classification, but this is also due to the better conditions in the evening.

Mick Schumacher and Haas would like to give up the red lantern in 2022

Nevertheless, at the end of a difficult test winter for Haas, a much-needed positive signal. Because when it comes to mileage, the Americans are the problem child of F1. Only half as many laps as kilometer king Ferrari, over 120 laps fewer than the penultimate in this statistic, Alfa Romeo: Haas unwound by far the fewest test kilometers in Barcelona and Bahrain.

Schumacher knows that too, but another circumstance gives the German hope: “Although we didn’t drive as much as we would have liked, the most important thing is that we’re fast. And that’s us!”, says the German Son of record world champion Michael Schumacher. Especially in view of the weak previous season, Mick is certain: “The progress is really noticeable. We have a good car that we can work with. We can be proud of that.”

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Compatriot Sebastian Vettel is also not dissatisfied after the end of the test in Bahrain. “It was a positive end of the test for us, because we worked through our program and did a lot of laps in the afternoon,” said Vettel, who ended the day in tenth place. “The times are irrelevant for the time being. The focus was on improving the understanding of the car and I’m satisfied with our progress.”

Sebastian Vettel wants to get further forward with Aston Martin

Vettel has no illusions that his Aston Martin team still has a lot of work to do – but that applies to all teams with the new cars: “It’s the same for all of us, we have the same challenges to overcome. The touchdown of the cars under aerodynamic full load keeps us busy and that’s why we try many different things,” reports the four-time world champion.

“We’re all struggling with the same concerns: the rules ensure that the cars are stiffer, and the tires are also completely different. Overall, the car just feels completely different than its predecessor,” reports Vettel. “We have to find the right compromise and good solutions, but then I hope that we will see closer duels this year.” Maybe even with buddy Mick Schumacher: If it is up to the two Germans, they are welcome to climb a little further up the field – and preferably on the Nürburgring…

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