Mick Schumacher's 'unreal feeling' at start of the 2021 season
Mick Schumacher has offered some more reflections on his debut campaign in Formula 1, recalling the “unreal” feeling he had at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Schmuacher’s P16 at the Sakhir International Circuit, last of the finishers on this occasion, would give him quite a big taste of what to expect over the course of the season as Haas decided to put all their eggs in the 2022 basket and not develop the 2021 car at all.
But despite fighting against the obvious restrictions, Schumacher still managed to impress in his rookie year, so much so that he actually sneaked into the top 10 drivers of the year as voted for by his fellow drivers on the grid.
Going back to Bahrain, Schumacher was left a little overwhelmed with a surreal feeling as he headed out of the Haas garage for the first time to race.
Mick's season in pictures 🖼️ @SchumacherMick looks back over the major moments in his rookie F1 season 🏁#HaasF1 pic.twitter.com/h01SuDcNxm
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 26, 2021
“I remember the feeling, I remember how it was driving out the first time, and I can tell you it felt very unreal to begin with,” Schumacher said in an end-of-season Q and A with the Haas team.
“And obviously then quickly became reality and now it still feels unreal, but it feels much more fun now than it did before, so it becomes more and more fun every day.”
Asked if that was when his Formula 1 career actually became real, on the grid in the first race at Bahrain, he replied: “I think partially yes, but I think as well on the other hand it was so much happening, so much going on, that I was just trying to really focus on what my job was and trying to do everything right.”
Schumacher also heaped praise on his fellow team members at Haas for helping him adapt to Formula 1 in his rookie season.
“I think they’ve helped massively in so many ways and I think the main one for me is how comfortable I feel,” he said.
“And they’ve helped me to get in-line with racing in Formula 1, they helped me become a better driver overall and a better person so I have to thank them a lot for that.”
The son of the seven-time World Champion, Michael, also picked out the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao as a key moment early on his Formula 1 car, fighting on merit against Nicholas Latifi in the Williams.
“That was my first time really battling and I really really enjoyed it,” he reflected.
“I think it was great, obviously it’s a bit different to all the junior categories, but I felt that with that I just got a nice taste of how it will be hopefully next year.”
Also bringing back some good memories was Monaco…
“It was a crazy feeling, obviously the track is quite impressive and to race on it was good,” Schumacher said.
“And I think that if I remember right, the overtake that I had on Nikita was the only one of the race, so it was good.”
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