Within the first coaching session, Mick Schumacher changed Kevin Magnussen in Haas F1, after which talked about working with the staff and getting ready for the subsequent season …
Query: How was the session? What was your program? Have you ever already labored together with your future racing engineer?
Mick Schumacher: Every thing went effectively. No main issues, I am very glad to be again behind the wheel of System 1. I labored with Kevin’s engineers – I have no idea if they are going to stick with me subsequent 12 months.
Query After working with the machine in coaching, do you perceive what you must give attention to? Through the pre-season assessments, you do not have a lot time to get used to the automobile – solely a day and a half …
Mick Schumacher: I’m glad to have any alternative to work on the observe. Right this moment I acquired an thought of the automobile, and within the youth assessments I’ll work based on a sure program, particularly, with lengthy collection of circles. It is rather essential. Hopefully I’ll have time to follow the begins and get comfy with the automobile.
Query this season you received a race in System 2, and the subsequent will battle for positions on the finish of the peloton. Are you prepared for this?
Mick Schumacher: It’s essential set the suitable targets – in accordance together with your capabilities. Should you obtain your purpose – good, if not – dangerous. Should you handle to exceed expectations, you then perceive that there will probably be higher forward.
You need to be ready for something and keep away from excessive expectations. Let’s simply say that now we’re striving to get to the second a part of the qualification, however we all know that that is tough to attain. It is nice if you are able to do it sooner or later. It’s with this perspective that I’m getting ready for the subsequent season, as a result of I’ve to inspire the staff, present everybody that we aren’t giving up – and do our greatest.
Q: The extent of downforce will change subsequent 12 months. The Haas F1 has most likely already examined the underbody for the brand new automobile. Did you’re employed with him right this moment?
Mick Schumacher: No. It was essential for us to arrange for this weekend. I’ll solely drive a brand new automobile throughout the pre-season assessments. I am wanting ahead to it.
Q: Did you get pleasure from engaged on the observe with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton?
Mick Schumacher: It is nice to drive a System 1 automobile and compete with nice racers. However the youth championships are the identical – there are very robust rivals yearly. Right this moment it was uncommon for me to debut within the first coaching session, as a result of everybody has been working with machines for an entire season. However subsequent 12 months I’ll get used to the competitors.
Query: You drove one lap on Gentle and returned to the pits. What occurred?
Mick Schumacher: As you understand, there’s a show within the cockpit, but it surely broke after I was on the observe. It ruined my laps a bit. However general, we’re pleased with the tender tires: it is good to really feel extra grip. Now I’m wanting ahead to Tuesday.
Query: You spoke about targets for 2021. Gunther Steiner has known as it transitional a number of occasions. How do you put together for the subsequent season understanding that the staff will not be planning something and is concentrated on getting ready for the rules change in 2022?
Mick Schumacher: I spoke solely about myself: I set a purpose – to attain the utmost potential outcomes. We are going to solely discover out originally of the 12 months how a lot the state of affairs will change. I don’t but understand how the staff works throughout the weekend, and what their expectations are. I’ll attempt to perceive every part this weekend – maybe originally of subsequent 12 months I’ll reply this query in another way.
However now the purpose of each Haas F1 rider is to qualify for the second half, which is why I am speaking about it. Maybe subsequent 12 months issues will probably be totally different. It is nice if the brand new automobile will permit us to attain this purpose – we’re striving for this.
Query: What are your plans for the top of the 12 months? Will you proceed to work with the Haas F1 on trip?
Mick Schumacher: I’ll have free time – everybody must relaxation after such a busy season. However I’ll nonetheless take into consideration racing and getting ready for subsequent 12 months. I will be in contact with the staff.
Q: You’ve gotten already piloted totally different System 1 automobiles, together with these pushed by your father. However till right this moment you haven’t but had your “personal” automobile. Is it good to know that right this moment you labored together with your future staff?
Mick Schumacher: I cannot say that that is utterly totally different. Anyway, I used to be delighted to work with the engineers and mechanics of the Haas F1. I want to enhance relations with everybody. They’re all nice individuals. It is nice that we are going to proceed to work collectively subsequent 12 months.
Query: What do you concentrate on the conduct of a automobile with full tanks? Are you happy with the beginning exercise on the finish of the session?
Mick Schumacher: Till now, I’ve solely piloted automobiles with a small quantity of gasoline – on a collection of laps with full tanks, every part is totally different. I gained useful expertise and details about the braking conduct of the automobile and understood the extent to which it’s potential to assault. The beginning coaching went effectively for the primary time in System 1, so I’m happy.
Q: The Haas F1 Crew relies in a number of places, each in Europe and the USA. The place will you reside?
Mick Schumacher: So long as I dwell in Switzerland and can keep there. However I’ll journey extra.
Q: You had two small incidents in coaching: on the primary collection of circles and on the finish of the session within the first flip. What occurred?
Mick Schumacher: Typically you must transcend the boundaries to grasp what a machine is able to. I’ve experimented. I had an incident within the first nook after I attacked on Gentle tires. By that point, I already had a very good really feel for the grip of the rear tires, and simply needed to grasp what the automobile was able to.