Mick Schumacher admitted that he would hae been happier to overtake Nicholas Latifi earlier in the race.
Mick Schumacher finished his third career F1 race, the Portuguese GP, on the 17th position. Most importantly, he made a crucial overtake on Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, which allowed him to finish 17th. The young German spoke about that manuever, mentioning that he had wanted to make it earlier.
“We had a lot more pace it seemed, and it was unfortunate we didn’t get by [Latifi] earlier because I think we probably had a decent race in terms of lap time ahead of us. We’d maybe have even caught up to George [Russell] or who knows,” Schumacher said.
At the same time, the Haas driver acknowleded the progress the team had made in the first races of the season.
“But I feel like we’re big, big steps forward from where we were at Imola. And if we keep on doing those steps, I think we’re going to be in a very good place at the end of the year.”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner also spoke about team’s progress, stating that the weekend was “good”.
“It was a weekend with progress. I know I keep on using the word progress, but that is what we need to make, and we’re doing it. The whole weekend was good in my opinion. When you sit there and you can’t get by Latifi, frustration sets in – and that’s a good thing as it means we could have more,” Steiner said.
“In the end Mick passed him, and that was good, but maybe we missed out on George being on the radar if we’d passed Latifi earlier – but we take it step by step,” he added.