Rebounding from a FP3 brake fire to secure his first Q3 appearance in qualifying, Mick Schumacher’s next target in his first World Championship point.
Schumacher was in doubt for qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix when his Haas’ right rear brake caught fire in final practice.
Wrecking about a quarter of the car, Haas were in a race against time to fix his VF-22 in time for qualifying.
They succeeded, even putting in a new gearbox as a precaution, with Schumacher repaying his mechanics as he broke into the top-ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
He told F1-Insider: “Making it into Q3 despite not even being able to drive in the third practice session and that messed up our processes is definitely awesome and a great effort from everyone in the team.
“They did a great job, I’m very grateful to them for that.
“Of course I’m very happy with the result. Although it didn’t look like we had the pace at first, we did well.”
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) May 21, 2022
With that target ticked off, the driver starting the race from P10 on the grid, Schumacher’s next is to bag his maiden F1 point.
Last time out in Miami he joined the top-ten list for the most grand prix starts without a single point.
He hopes he won’t be climb another rung come Sunday evening.
“Of course I hope so,” Schumacher said. “We’re starting tenth, so we’re already in the points. Now it’s about staying inside or maybe even making up a few places.”
But, the Haas driver acknowledges, that is easier said than done.
“Barcelona is always quite eventful, because because it’s so difficult to overtake, people take a lot of risks,” he said. “The fact that we don’t have any updates here and everyone else does, and yet when we’re right in the middle of it, that’s a good feeling.”
Schumacher’s team boss Guenther Steiner revealed that it was a race against time for the German making it into qualifying given the extent of the fire damage.
“It was a nerve-wracking day because in the third practice session Mick had a problem with his rear wheel brakes,” he said.
The guys worked hard to get the car ready for qualifying. They just about made it, but we really didn’t have a minute to give away.”
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