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Sport Mick’s Turkey Q2 injected confidence into Haas

03:35  19 october  2021
03:35  19 october  2021 Source:   planetf1.com

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Mick Schumacher’ s Turkish Grand Prix Q 2 appearance has had a profound impact on Haas , according to their Team Principal Guenther Steiner, who said he hoped for more qualifying success ahead of the team’ s home race. Schumacher qualified a career-best P14 with his second Q 2 appearance of the season in Turkey but “I think this will have an impact in the next races for the team because they got some of the confidence back that they maybe lost a bit over the year and hopefully we can have another moment like this in 2021.” Haas are preparing for their fifth home Grand Prix this weekend.

© Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21. The young German has had a difficult rookie year for Haas , trying to make the most of an uncompetitive car and enduring a sometimes fraught time with teammate Nikita Mazepin. But in the tricky damp qualifying conditions in Istanbul on Saturday, Schumacher' s driving stood out as he delivered Haas its first proper Q 2 appearance of the season to take 14th on the grid with a lap that was 2.9 seconds quicker than his teammate.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the standout qualifying showing from Mick Schumacher in Turkey boosted the team.

Mick Schumacher drives in the wet. Istanbul October 2021. © PA Images Mick Schumacher drives in the wet. Istanbul October 2021.

Schumacher mastered the wet conditions at Istanbul Park to make it into Q2, a very difficult achievement to accomplish in the underdeveloped Haas VF-21.

He could even have had a chance at Q3, but his final flying lap in the second stage of qualifying had to be aborted due to yellow flags, triggered by a spin for Lance Stroll.

The race did not go to plan thanks largely to contact with Fernando Alonso, but nonetheless Schumacher provided that shot of belief which Haas needed in a 2021 campaign of few highs.

Mazepin actually found Haas ‘too stable’ in Turkey practice

  Mazepin actually found Haas ‘too stable’ in Turkey practice In a rare turn of events, Nikita Mazepin said he needed to lose some stability from his Haas VF-21 on Friday at the Turkish GP. © PA Images Nikita Mazepin in action during Turkey practice. Mazepin has found himself lapping at the back of the grid alongside team-mate Mick Schumacher for much of the season, with the VF-21 often looking like a real handful to drive. But in what was his first experience of Istanbul Park, Mazepin said there was too much stability in his challenger, meaning he had to loosen up the VF-21 somewhat.

But somehow, in Turkey , Mick Schumacher managed to drag that car into Q 2 ! Safe to say that this year has been the worst ever for Haas in F1.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes the team “has some confidence back” in the wake of Mick Schumacher making it through to Q 2 in Turkey . “I think this will have an impact in the next races for the team because they got some of the confidence back that they maybe lost a bit over the year and hopefully we can have another moment like this in 2021.” Schumacher was present in the US at the weekend, attending NASCAR’ s round at the Texas Motor Speedway, as a guest of Stewart- Haas Racing.

“For me, I was obviously happy for Mick that he got it done, but for the whole team because we’ve had very few on-track highlights, and having something like this assures you that we can do it – that we can execute when we get the opportunity,” said Steiner prior to the United States Grand Prix race weekend.

“I think this will have an impact in the next races for the team because they got some of the confidence back that they maybe lost a bit over the year, and hopefully we can have another moment like this in 2021.”

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin at Sochi. Russia September 2021 © Provided by PlanetF1 Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin at Sochi. Russia September 2021

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The United States Grand Prix is of course Haas’ home race, and Schumacher is full of excitement to head to a nation where Formula 1 is “on the verge” of becoming very big.

Mick relished mastering tough conditions in Q2 run

  Mick relished mastering tough conditions in Q2 run Mick Schumacher was delighted by his run to Q2 in Turkey, saying he took the approach of sticking to what he knows and "just drive".The Haas racer took advantage of the changing track conditions to put his car into the second part of qualifying – knocking out Daniel Ricciardo in the process – and out-qualifying his team-mate Nikita Mazepin by almost three full seconds in the session.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes the team "has some confidence back" in the wake of Mick Schumacher making it through to Q 2 in Turkey .

Mick just confirmed his race number: 47. His favourite numbers 4 and 7 were taken, and 47 is the result of the birthdays of his family combined: 3 (Michael), 2 (Corinna), 20 [ Haas F1] YESSSS MICK !! He’ s into Q 2 ! What a lap. The barge boards on the Red Bull car at Turkey (Source : Mark Sutton).

“It’s our home race so obviously I’m excited about that, but it’s much more than that. I like Austin and the US. It’s special and it’s something where Formula 1 isn’t as big just yet but we’re on the verge of becoming very big, especially due the ‘Drive to Survive’ series,” he said.

“I’m very much looking forward to it as it’s a great show, there’s always so much happening and frankly, I’m just super excited about going back to the states.”

And after shining in the wet conditions of Turkey, Schumacher is hoping that the rain has followed Formula 1 to the Circuit of the Americas.

“I think it’s a very special track. You have the first part which is super quick with tight corners and it’s very bumpy, so it’s definitely a challenge but also, it’s a racetrack where overtaking is definitely possible,” said Schumacher.

“Hopefully for us it will be a wet race as it will give us the most opportunities but if not, I’m just looking forward to racing out on that track. It’s had famous battles previously, and I’m sure we will be able to be a part of those one day.”

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