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Going in traffic equals ’20 percent downforce’, says Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher in Bahrain in 2021. Credit: Haas F1 Team, LAT Photo.

Mick Schumacher is very surprised after his spin at the Bahrain GP, where he has ended up 16th, how much downforce F1 cars lose in traffic.

The son of the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher himself said that he had learned a lot in his first race, including things that are surprising:

“In general, I’ve learned a ton of new things and we’ve seen that come through in all the meetings we’ve had. It’s always different talking about it and feeling it.”

It is no secret that the two new Haas drivers, Schumacher and Mazepin, had problems with grip. Nikita Mazepin spun right at the start of the race and dropped out. Schumacher also spun it during the race and that is why he only finished last.

Schumacher added: “There are a lot of things I learned about the tires, that’s probably the biggest new thing to me. Also, on things like how much downforce we lose at the start of the race. It’s like going from 100 percent downforce to 20 percent downforce the moment you’re turning into a corner.”

Team boss Guenther Steiner knew that the drivers had not yet gone on the attack in this race, but rather got used to the car:

“The performance of the team and the car, we know what that will be,” he said. “So, the expectations were not high, at least results-wise. I think the two drivers did a good job over the course of the weekend. Obviously, in the race Nikita spun out and damaged the car and Mick spun once too – but the whole weekend for them was a learning phase. We need to do more of it, and as many laps as possible, with all that we’ll be fine. (…)”

The Italian also added that Formula 1 is a very difficult sport and that drivers must be given enough time to get used to it:

“It is quite a big challenge. Formula 1 is a very difficult sport, but we knew the challenge, therefore there’s no big surprise. We decided to do this, and we need to get through it.”

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