Mick Schumacher revealed that he ran into problems with his engine mid-race at the Monaco GP, costing the Haas driver a lot of time.
The rookie was unable to take part in qualifying after a heavy shunt during FP3, leaving his VF-21 too damaged to repair in time for Q1.
Schumacher would cross the line on race day P18, the last of the finishers, troubled by an engine issue on an afternoon when actually he felt his pace was strong.
“Unfortunately we had a few issues with the engine mid-race, it took us some time to solve,” he told the media in Monte Carlo.
“But by the time we solved it, obviously we fell back, after that our pace was very good and very consistent, and I think even close to what the midfield guys were doing.
“Especially at the end we were able to keep out of the blue flags, which obviously saved ourselves a bit of time.
“A tough one, but we take a lot of positives into Baku.”
El adelantamiento de Mick Schumacher a Nikita Mazepin en la vuelta 1
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Schumacher did though complete one of the very few successful overtakes of the afternoon in Monaco, that being on team-mate Nikita Mazepin at the hairpin.
And with so little space between both cars, Haas will have been thankful just to see both cars continue in the race.
“It was close, I did not intend for it to be that close, but Nikita moved as well I think last moment when I already had committed,” Schumacher recalled.
“But nonetheless everything went well and that’s what counts.”
Mazepin was one of the surprise packages in Monaco – for the first time he was right on the pace of team-mate Schumacher all weekend, and crossed the finish line ahead of him, also a first in Haas colours.
He credited this to the post-Spanish GP work that he did with his engineers, stating that the future now looks more positive for him with Haas.
“The race is very intense, ever since I started racing in single-seaters I didn’t really have so much the required concentration, because on this track even though we are one of the slowest teams, everything flies by,” he said.
“There was a moment when I was going through Turn 14 and it just felt like I had touched the wall where Charles went off yesterday.
“So there was really just no margin for mistakes and the car was quite difficult to drive very fast out there, but we made good progress I think within my internal team at Haas from Barcelona onwards.
“I would say it is a very positive picture. With the package that we had in Barcelona, I think going into this weekend would have been a disaster, so we did the necessary changes and it’s looking much better now.”