Relief is huge for Schumacher family after Mick Schumacher proved his worthiness in F1
That Schumacher scored no points in 2021 with the Haas car was no great surprise. The American car was barely developed and the focus was on 2022. In that season it was supposed to happen, but so far it was Kevin Magnussen and not Schumacher who stole the show at Haas. It put a lot of pressure on the young driver’s shoulders.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) July 4, 2022
In the tenth race of the 2022 F1 season, Schumacher finally scored points. Thanks in part to six retirements, Schumacher climbed to eighth place and even had a brief glimpse of Max Verstappen’s seventh place. He celebrated grandly after the race.
The relief was also visible in Mick’s family. His sister Gina posted a video on Instagram in which she disrupted his interview with the German branch of Sky Sports by spraying champagne. The mood was also upbeat in the garage, where mother Corinna was hugged by all the mechanics. One wonders how big a podium or victory will be celebrated.
Max Verstappen has praised Mick Schumacher for being “smart enough” to avoid a costly Silverstone collision between the pair.
It has rarely happened but Verstappen and Schumacher found themselves competing for position in the British Grand Prix, eventually crossing the line seventh and eighth respectively separated by just 0.218sec.
Rather like a previous occurrence in Hungary last year, it was because Verstappen’s Red Bull car was carrying damage, this time as a result of running over a piece of debris which dropped him from the lead on lap 12 of 52.
As they battled hard on the closing lap, Schumacher was chasing his first F1 points at the 32nd attempt – and some watching his quest unfold must have feared a repeat of May’s Miami GP in which he collided with Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages just when a maiden top-10 finish had been in reach.
But on this occasion, even though they raced intensely, the duo – who had played together as kids with their fathers having previously been Benetton team-mates – kept it clean and ensured they both collected some valuable points.