Mick Schumacher said his rookie Formula 1 season was easier due to the lack of pressure over renewing his contract.
Schumacher joined the F1 world with the Haas F1 Team, securing a multi-year contract which gave him peace of mind over his continuity in the sport beyond the 2021 season.
“I think it’s been easier than I expected to be honest,” he said. “Again, there’s not that pressure of having to say ‘what are you going to do next year?’
“It’s like, if you deliver most of the time you’ll have a cockpit for next year. So it’s all about yourself, really. There’s nothing from the outside that can influence that decision, really.”
Schumacher thinks some pressure would have helped him push harder to try and bring better results for his team. However, his uncompetitive Haas through 2021 meant he was unable to regularly have the chance of scoring points – something which is also a relief in stress levels.
“You can see it in the way that I would have enjoyed having that pressure of scoring points every weekend, being up there and fighting,” he said.
“Obviously it puts a different light onto you than if you always drive at the back. Obviously, for people that know and understand the sport, they’ll see what I do.
“But for people that are maybe not as into it, they’ll just see me driving in the back and they’ll wonder why because they’ve seen me winning championships before. So it’s a bit of a different approach. But it’s been good for us. Next year, I think there’s loads to come.”