Schumacher: I found grip everywhere I put the car

Schumacher: I found grip everywhere I put the car

Mick Schumacher redeemed himself, qualifying sixth in Montreal, his best Formula 1 qualifying result ever, on a day where he found grip everywhere he put the car.

Being outqualified by teammate Kevin Magnussen yet again, does not take anything away from Schumacher, as he been able to keep a cool head in the tricky conditions that ruled over qualifying in Montreal on Saturday, bringing his car him in sixth, and most importantly in one piece.

This result should act as a relief to the son of F1 great Michael Schumacher, as he has been under extreme pressure this season, that saw him crash several times, while being consistently outperformed by Magnussen.

“The car was great,” Schumacher told Sky Sports F1 after qualifying. “I found grip everywhere I put the car. On the last set of tyres, I had to slow down because of Carlos and they cooled down a bit. But, up to then I was very, very happy.

“It’s something I can build on and grow from,” he added. “I always loved racing in the wet conditions. On a track like this, there’s big potential for drivers showing what they can do.”

Schumacher’s family were present in Montreal

Later, in Haas’ media brief, the German added: “It was pretty good although we still didn’t maximize everything as that last set of tires turned out to be a bit more difficult in terms of positioning.

“We had to abort one lap due to traffic and everything got a bit cold, which I didn’t want. I’m still very happy with P6 and it’s a good position to start tomorrow’s race.

“I don’t envisage us going further forward,” a realistic Schumacher added, “only because of the pace the other cars have around us, but we’ll try our best and see where we end up.

“It’s our best qualifying up to now and I’m very happy for the team,” the 23-year-old concluded.

Magnussen, who qualified fifth added: “It’s what we had hoped for. We’ve seen before in Imola that we like these conditions and we got the job done today.

“It was all about continuously putting in a better lap as the track was getting better and better, so you have to push all the time and it’s very enjoyable in these conditions.

“Mick did a great job as well to put it in P6, so we’re P5 and P6 tomorrow, that’s a great effort from the team and I’m very happy for them,” he concluded.

It’s Haas’ best combined qualifying result

Team principal Guenther Steiner reflected on Haas’ Saturday performance, and said: “A very good day for the team today.

“As a team I think it’s our best combined qualifying position – both drivers did a good job – as did the whole team in very challenging and changeable conditions.

“Everyone kept calm and we got the best out if it, everything worked smoothly,” he added. “A big thank you to the crew who worked during the night also.

“We broke curfew last night because we had to fix an issue on Kevin’s car – but that all worked out well,” Steiner revealed. “Now we really look forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can bring some points home.”