Schumacher out of ‘balance’ at Silverstone

Michelle Foster

2JFB14E STEINER Guenther (ita), Team Principal of Haas F1 team, SCHUMACHER Mick (ger), Haas F1 Team VF-22 Ferrari, KOMATSU Ayao (jpn), Chief Engineer of Haas F1 Team, portrait during the Formula 1 Lenovo British Grand Prix 2022, 10th round of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship, on the Silverstone Circuit, from July 1 to 3, 2022 in Silverstone, United Kingdom - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

Mick Schumacher admits Haas know they are “not where we want to be” after finishing near the bottom of the timesheet in Friday’s practice at Silverstone.

Friday’s first practice for the British Grand Prix was blighted by the weather, most of the teams opting not to do any serious running as they did not want to risk wrecking their cars.

That made for a busy second session, oneĀ Schumacher finished P19 while his team-mate Kevin Magnussen was 17th.

“The practice didn’t go quite as hoped,” Schumacher conceded. “We still have to work a bit on the car and see that we can bring it in the right direction and, accordingly, get a little more time.”

Revealing his biggest problem was “balance”, he added Haas had tried “interesting directions in the set-up” that had not paid off.

“We know we are not where we want to be,” he continued.

One of Haas’ big problems at Silverstone is their rivals have all brought updates for their cars, whereas Haas have not.

The team are only expected to upgrade the VF-22 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Haas still running pretty much the exact same car they started the season with.

“Some teams looked pretty strong,” he said. “And they have upgrades, which doesn’t exactly help us.

“It will be a little more difficult. But that’s life, that’s what we decided.

“But we are building knowledge, which will hopefully help our big update in Budapest, but it’s important we make sure it works.”

The German, who last time out in Canada qualified P6 in the wet, insists all is not lost as he reckons there was about three tenths of a second he could have found on Friday.

“That would have put us in about 12th place. Then the world would look very different,” he said.

“We usually make a good step from Friday to Saturday and hopefully that will be the case too.”

As for that elusive first point. “I’ve been a bit unlucky this season,” Schumacher said. “It would be nice if we could change that. Why not here?”