Mick Schumacher has been so close yet so far to register his first points finish in Formula 1. The German has looked impressive in the last couple of race but the rub of the green has just not gone his way. Haas’ prodigy battled his way to come within the points before colliding with friend, Sebastian Vettel, in Miami. But Mick was quick to put that behind him as he looked to have a spring in his stride at the Spanish GP.
We saw a glimpse of how focused he looked at the qualifying. Mick Schumacher made it easily out of Q1 but needed some luck to get into Q3. The German was placed 10th after his final lap in Q2 with only Lando Norris looking like the only potential threat to push him out of Q3. The Brit was able to do that but his happiness was quickly cut short as his lap time was due to track limits and gave Mick a Q3 appearance.
The stage was set for Mick Schumacher to grab that opportunity and bring home his first points in Formula 1. But, he was let down by his team. The scorching temperatures in Spain meant that the 3 stop strategy was the way to go but the American decided to go for a 2 stopper which made Mick slip down the order at the end of the race and costing him what would have been a hard fought and well deserved points finish.
Mick Schumacher raises questions around the choice of strategy at the Spanish GP
This obviously didn’t go down well with the Haas driver as he has come out to question the strategy of the team. In the post race interview, he said, “We knew it was going to be tight with the two-stop, and it didn’t quite pay off to stay out. It’s something to learn, something to understand and move on from here.”
“I think it was because we are not in the points now. The strategy was a bit different than expected.”
“The tyres didn’t last as long as we expected and then we made the wrong decision to stick with Plan A and not go on a three-stop strategy. In the end, you are always smarter in retrospect. That’s why we will work on it as a team and see what we can improve,“ as reported by planetf1.
Mick Schumacher can definitely feel hard done by after the decisions of the team but his first points look like a matter with the performances that he has putting in week in and week out.