New Haas driver Mick Schumacher has said that making it to Q2 on a Saturday next season would feel like a win for him.
After winning the F2 title this year, Schumacher will be joining the Formula 1 grid in 2021, driving alongside Nikita Mazepin at Haas.
The American team had a poor 2020, finishing above only Williams and scoring points in just two races. Given that, he’s keeping his own goals measured, stating that he’ll be happy if he can escape the first qualifying session on a Saturday.
“I would say next year is going to be about managing our expectations and really being open-minded on every aspect of what could be happening next year,” Schumacher said.
“For me, Q2 is our goal. It is hard to reach but if we reach it then that is like a win for us.
“So I will take that to not only motivate ourselves but also show to the outside world that we always keep fighting and we always will give our best.”
Given his surname, he has carried a huge amount of pressure and his performances have been placed firmly under the microscope since he joined the F2 grid back in 2019
This is unlikely to change in F1, with expectations and standards likely to be higher for him than for most rookies. However, all he cares about is meeting the goals and expectations that he sets himself.
“It’s mainly just understanding them and also setting them accordingly to what you think is possible,” he added.
“So if you achieve your goal you can be happy. If you achieve more than your goal, you will be over the moon. If you achieve under your expectations then you know you have to work harder.”