Haas driver Mick Schumacher spoke about he deals with pressure being a Formula 1 driver, and claims that he usually performs better under pressure.
Mick Schumacher’s 2022 season with Haas has been a rough one, as he have been incident prone, with points eluding him, that is until the British Grand Prix where he finished eighth scoring his first points in F1, following it up by a sixth place Austria.
He reflected on how he deals with pressure he said, quoted by RacingNews365: “I think F1 is always pressure, right?”
His comments came on the eve of the French Grand Prix, where he said: “You’re only as good as your last race, so at the moment, I’m happy. But also, I understand that there’s no time for us to kind of lean back in any way.”
That is true as in the young German failed to score any points at Paul Ricard where he finished 15th, with 14th being his result at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend.
“It’s always [about] trying to find the next bit of performance and we’re still trying everything we can to make our car quicker, if it’s on the set-up side or if it’s on the operational side,” he continued.
“The focus is very much still on trying to improve and to become better, and to achieve [even] greater positions,” the Haas driver revealed.
Schumacher reflected on his working relationship with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner, he said: “Everybody is their own human and is their own person and Guenther has a very unique style of doing things.
Pressure is actually positive
“At the end [of the day], it’s again that thing of pressure and sometimes – maybe, I don’t know – I perform better under pressure than if I don’t have the pressure.
“It’s something which is actually quite positive, because if you’re in the championship fight you have pressure,” he insisted.
“I would say so,” was Schumacher’s answer when asked if Steiner is as blunt behind closed doors as in the Media.
“He’s probably one of the people that has very little filter on and speaks out their minds,” he pointed out.
“It’s always something you have to adapt to. I haven’t had that before, so it’s something new to me, and I had to learn how to deal with it – I feel like I’m doing that,” the 23-year-old admitted.
Schumacher is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and he was asked if he feels ready to step up should they come calling.
“Yeah, yeah,” he responded. “I mean, our cars are not the same, but are similar. I’ve grown up with Ferrari basically since 2019 and I feel like I understand the whole procedure.
“I’d be more than happy to step in and show them what I’ve got,” he confidently said.
Your questions, answered by Mick!
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