Mick Schumacher matched Williams/Alfa for a time in Austria

Mick Schumacher said he was a match for Williams and Alfa Romeo’s pace at times at during the Austrian GP, but lacked consistency.

While the majority of the 2021 season has seen Haas lapping at the back, Schumacher has taken the opportunity to trouble the lower end of the midfield when given the chance.

Sadly the Austrian Grand Prix did not provide any of those opportunities though with Schumacher and Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin the only drivers to finish the race two laps down.

But the German rookie did notice that for a period of his race he was lapping at the same pace as Alfa Romeo and Williams, though the consistency was not there.

“It was challenging – the softer tyres meant that we had to do a bit more managing in general,” he said.

“There was a part of the race where our pace was matching what Alfa Romeo and Williams were doing, so it just seems that we weren’t able to consistently do those lap times. We will have to analyse what we can do better but nonetheless I think we managed to learn something, especially at the beginning the race.

“We had a good first lap and we were able to be in the mix right away in T1 and T2, so lots learned on that side and now we’re going into Silverstone with an open mind.”

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The Austrian Grand Prix concluded Formula 1’s first triple-header of the season, and now Haas boss Guenther Steiner is ready to take a rest before travelling to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

“It’s the end of our first triple-header this year – so, I think everybody’s ready to go home and get a little break before we get ready for the next race,” he said.

“We performed well as a team throughout this series of races, and obviously we’ve got a few more triple-headers coming this season. We’ll be well prepared, but it is tiring once you’re into them.

“From today’s race we had the result we expected. Both guys put in a solid performance, there’s just not a lot more in it for us at the moment. The learning is continuous, and the drivers are getting better.”

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