Timo Glock has warned Mick Schumacher not to start overdriving his Haas car now he has had his first real taste of racing action.
The son of the seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, will not have it easy in his first year in Formula 1 driving what is the worst car on the grid.
All Mick can do is seize opportunities when they do come his way and showcase his talent, and he did exactly that at the Portuguese Grand Prix as he managed to finish P17 and ahead of one of the Williams cars.
Fellow compatriot Glock has praised Schumacher for the way he has started his Formula 1 career with Haas, but does not want to see him pushing too much now in pursuit of more wheel-to-wheel action.
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“He drove another great race,” Glock wrote in his column for Sky Germany.
“Of course, one would like to see him further ahead, but he has shown a flawless performance so far – except for his spin in Imola. But that can happen.
“In Portimao he delivered well, showed a strong performance – including a good overtaking manoeuvre. He beat a Williams, kept his team-mate Nikita Mazepin under control and is doing exactly what we hoped he would do.
“I hope he can show this consistently over the season. Because the difficulty is – I know it myself – when you’re driving in a team that just doesn’t have the speed, you run the risk of over-running the car because you want to get too much out of it.
“But at the moment he is doing very, very well.”
Glock could not say the same thing about another fellow German driver in Sebastian Vettel, who was unable to convert a rare appearance in Q3 into points come Sunday at Portimao.
The former Jordan, Toyota, Virgin and Marussia driver went as far to say that Aston Martin have been the biggest let-down on the grid so far this season.
“Aston Martin continues to be THE disappointment for me,” Glock wrote.
“The racing team cannot build on the good performance from the 2020 season.
“Of course, that’s a shame for Sebastian Vettel, who is still struggling in the race. Before the season, we were hoping that he would be able to finish in the top five, but the car just isn’t up to it at the moment.
“He himself is not so happy with the car yet.
“At least he had a ray of hope in qualifying, where he made it into the top 10 and had his team-mate under control. But his race performance was simply not at the level to drive to the front.
“I hope for his sake that Aston Martin can take another step forward.”