Mick Schumacher had a good chance of scoring his first points of the Formula 1 championship in Imola, even qualifying in tenth position, therefore in the points at the beginning. Sadly the Haas driver spun in the wet conditions, then promptly took out Fernando Alonso making contact with the Alpine.
Falling back, the Haas driver tried desperately to make up places in a fast car (as proven by team mate Kevin Magnussen). In doing so, the German made an unforced error, something his uncle, and former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, thought was poor driving and not acceptable at this level. For Mick, all he could say was that “We lost all the positions, and this is simply a track where nothing works without DRS,”
“I thought I could control it,” Schumacher fretted, “but then unfortunately I couldn’t.” says Mick when describing his second spin. Uncle Ralf was finding it hard to defend on German Sky TV describing the incident as “too much”, and “That shouldn’t happen,”
“He was much too late on the brakes and made a mistake.”
Schumacher finished a disappointing 17th and is now the only regular driver alongside Nicholas Latifi without any points.
“I think he just has to review the whole weekend,” said Ralf Schumacher,
“It’s fair to say that he was a bit behind Magnussen’s performance most of the time. This time it was a slightly worse weekend.”
On the flip side, late entrant and team mate Kevin Magnussen has performed flawlessly for team Haas with the grid position in history (fourth place in qualifying), and points in both the sprint and the race. Magnussen has scored points in three of the four races so far, while Schumacher missed the chance again in Imola.
Time away from F1 did KMag good. And his performance comes after they sacked him for someone with a bigger wallet.
Hopefully this has given Haas the realisation that competent drivers are more profitable than stupid rich kids.
His old man is one of the greats, unfortunately our boy here is an also ran. Maybe time to go play DTM.