Wipe your mouth and carry on – that’s the German motto. “You can get annoyed about it,” he admits, “but I don’t dwell on it for too long. This is a mistake that would have happened at some point anyway. But mistakes are there to learn and are part of the development of a racing driver. “
He learned a lot in his first Formula 1 season anyway. The biggest lesson: “The tire management,” explains Schumacher. “That is quite different from the junior categories. If you are out of the temperature window, nothing works anymore. Staying in it is the be-all and end-all – and there are various tactics that I have learned to use. “
Conclusion after 18 finishings in 21 races: “In the end I am quite happy with the season. I went in with no great expectations and experienced a lot of positive things. Personally, I feel very comfortable in the car. I hope that will also show when we can fight with other drivers next year. “
During the winter break, Mick “just wants to live without a schedule and do whatever you want. Or just do nothing. “
Until then, there is still one last race to be completed. However, Schumacher has to drive with the handbrake on until Sunday. “Due to the last crashes (also from Mazepin; d. Red.) We hardly have any parts left,” says his team boss Günther Steiner. “The boys are aware that they should take less risk, especially in the free practice sessions.”
Nevertheless, there is still praise from the boss for the finale. Steiner: “It is thanks to him that Mick was able to sniff at the end of midfield. We didn’t develop the car any further. ”
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