Schumacher names tire management biggest lesson he learned in 2021

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Mick Schumacher, Haas F1, on the grid with his engineer during the Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images). Credits: Haas F1 Team, LAT Photo.

Mick Schumacher thinks that adapting to the Pirelli tires was the biggest lesson he had in his rookie season in Formula 1.

Despite Haas’ difficulties in the 2021 F1 season, Schumacher had a strong first year in the sport. He was regularly quicker than his teammate Nikita Mazepin and even got to Q2 on several occasions.

After the season was over, the German reflected on the year.

“I think, for my rookie season, it’s been alright, I think that we had some good moments in there,” Schumacher said.

“We’ve been able to battle with Max [Verstappen] a bit in Budapest and we went into Q2 on merit in Turkey, which was great.

“So we had some highs, but we had some lows which I learned a lot from and I think that’s what we can take away from this year. Hopefully, I’m ready enough for the challenge which comes my way next year.”

Schumacher also admitted that working with the Pirelli tires was the biggest lesson he learned in the past season.

“Obviously, the tires [have] a very special and specific way of handling them. You have a very small window and, if you drop out of it, it’s quite bad,” he added.

“I think that that’s just something that I’ve been getting used to, and the team has helped me a lot on that side. Therefore, yeah, I feel very comfortable on that side now.”

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