Haas rookie Mick Schumacher admits that he needs to analyze the issues faced at Silverstone and other races, especially tire management, as the German fought for track position with his mentor and Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel.
Both Germans had difficult races at Silverstone, which they both attributed to faults of their own. Vettel suffered from an early spin while fighting Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, dropping positions while Schumacher claimed that he was too conservative when it came to tire management.
“It was not easy. I think we were, unfortunately, struggling a bit with tires and the approach that we had. We’ll probably have to learn from it and try to come back stronger in Budapest again,” Schumacher admitted.
“We as a team were trying to not overheat the tires in the first few laps, and it seems like Nikita [Mazepin] was pushing a bit harder in the first few laps and still managed to keep his tires in the window. So that’s something I will have to analyze why and how because there was a lot of margin for me to go faster.”
Schumacher also commented on Vettel’s race, with whom he had a minor battle. The latter had been serving as a mentor figure for the rookie and Schumacher explained how he wanted to learn from Vettel, as opposed to blocking him during the race.
“Obviously unfortunately I saw that his race didn’t go as planned either, that’s very unfortunate,” he said. “Therefore I didn’t challenge him in any way because I knew he was going to go faster. So I was rather trying to learn from him than impede him.”