Looking back to the start of his rookie Formula 1 season, Mick Schumacher said he now feels like a “different driver”.
Schumacher joined the Formula 1 grid with arguably a level of interest for a rookie not seen before as the son of Michael, the seven-time former World Champion.
But Haas‘ struggles at the back of the grid in 2021 have actually been a blessing in disguise for Schumacher, for they have allowed him to learn the ropes in Formula 1 away from the spotlight.
Eight rounds have passed and Schumacher has shone brighter than team-mate Nikita Mazepin, even taking the fight to Williams on several occasions, and in general he feels like a “different driver” now he has some experience under his belt.
“I think overall we can of course be quite satisfied with our first few races. We had some good weekends but also others that were not so good,” he said, quoted by Motorsport-Magazin.com.
“On average, however, there were more positive things, so I’m quite happy.
“I think we’ve learned a lot. I’m a different driver now than I was in the first race.
“Even if I knew my way around the car in the first race, I now of course know how to use all the things and the assistance of the car.
“I know what kind of car I would like to have and how it should feel. Accordingly, I can also pass on to the team what I need from the car to drive fast. That’s what I mean when I say I’m a different driver now compared to the beginning of the year.”
Schumacher has finished every race so far this season with a best position of 13th at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and he is in line with his main goal for 2021 of showing steady progression from the opening round.
“That was obviously one of my biggest goals,” he stated.
“This also includes completing the races and we have managed to do that so far. I’m doing my best to keep it going.”