Speaking from experience, George Russell sympathises with the “difficult” situation Mick Schumacher finds himself in at Haas.
In his rookie season, the son of the seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, is racing almost exclusively at the very back of the grid with his team-mate Nikita Mazepin.
And Russell can draw the same parallels with that particular scenario as it is one he was very much accustomed to himself when first joining the Williams team ahead of the 2019 season alongside Robert Kubica.
But, while Russell has experienced some signs of improvement at Williams, the same cannot be said yet for Mick as Haas has essentially written off the 2021 season to focus instead on the 2022 car and the new regulations.
Not the weekend we expected, but definitely not all bad. I’m really proud of the team and what we manage to do with what we have.
Now, on to the next one. #MSC47 #HaasF1 #KeepFighting pic.twitter.com/7tm56hoMsX
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) May 24, 2021
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After the Monaco Grand Prix, where an engine problem for Schumacher ensured he placed last of the finishers around the streets of Monte Carlo, Russell was asked about the situation that Mick currently finds himself in.
“Yes, it’s incredibly difficult,” Russell told Motorsport-Total.com.
“And if you swerve, you lose all the tyre temperature and then you have no grip. It’s quite a nightmare and Monaco is one of the worse places to have a slow car.
“It was tough for me [here], but I don’t envy the Haas guys. That was us two years ago.”
Russell also revealed to the media in Monaco that he was sticking around in Monte Carlo to view properties ahead of a move to the Principality.
However, he has ultimately decided to put that move on hold until his long-term future in Formula 1 is resolved as he looks to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes.