Formula 1: Mick Schumacher under pressure after mistakes at Haas – teammate Kevin Magnussen dominates in Imola

Mick Schumacher experienced another Sunday to forget in Imola. Already in the second round, the 23-year-old Haas driver threw all chances for his first top 10 result in Formula 1 with a spin.

While teammate Kevin Magnussen again ran into the points, Schumacher drove to the end of the field, spinning a second time on the 25th lap after running on the wet grass and finishing only as number 17.

“It’s annoying. I want to get in the points,” said a taciturn Haas driver after the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. After four races in the new season, he is still waiting for the first points of his Formula 1 career. 2022 got off to a promising start for the American team.

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After a debut season in no-man’s-land in the leading class, Haas also provided the native Swiss with a competitive car in Emilia-Romagna. The car had the potential to struggle with the top drivers. “I just did not make it,” Schumacher admitted.

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Schumacher still without a counter

Schumacher has not yet exhausted Haas’ options, and is the only driver with an empty points account along with Williams driver Nicholas Latifi. Although partly through no fault of their own: At the season opener in Bahrain, Esteban Ocon shot the German down in the first place. “I think it’s also a matter of lack of luck,” Schumacher told Bild.

But also in Sakhir he had been hunting all weekend.

A new feeling for the German: Last year he kept his then stable rival Nikita Mazepin at a distance, winning 19 of the 22 qualifying duels and holding the lead in 16 races. But the dominance in the team duel with the Russian comes in a new light after four rounds of the new season.

The experienced Magnussen runs in another league.

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As in previous races, only the Danish teammate in Imola showed the potential that Haas has. On Friday, he maneuvered the car into fourth place and celebrated the best qualifying result in the history of the racing team.

From the start of the season, Magnussen showed his teammate the boundaries. He entered the third qualifying session three times. Schumacher, on the other hand, has so far been denied the jump into Q3.

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Magnussen introduces Schumacher

The 29-year-old Dane is in control of his talented neighbor in all respects and is number ten in the drivers’ position with 15 points. With three top-10 results, he has so far on his own ensured that Haas is in eighth place in the constructors’ championship.

Even in Imola, Schumacher was not able to keep up with Magnussen’s speed all weekend – and it was not the first time this season that he made a serious mistake: he had already lost control of his car in Saudi Arabia and drove heavily in wall.
After his two spins in Emilia Romagna, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher criticized his nephew on “Sky”: “Overall, it was a weaker weekend for him.”

In the dry sprint race, he moved up from twelve to ten. But under difficult conditions during the race, Schumacher stumbled. “The result in the sprint was great. But there were too many mistakes in the race. Of course it should not happen in this form,” complained the six-time race winner.

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Steiner: “The air is getting thinner”

The Haas driver was anything but flawless last season. Steiner had approached him publicly in Budapest. “Mick had major accidents in the last couple of races. Spins are not a problem, but these accidents cost a lot of money,” he counted after a crash in the Hungarian capital.

This season, however, Haas is fighting for points for the constructors’ championship – and thus for important bonuses for the team. “The midfield is tight,” Steiner said meaningfully. Although the South Tyrolean did not want to build up any pressure, he also indicated: “The higher you get, the thinner the air becomes.”

But the tone of the 57-year-old Meran can quickly become more raw if results and points are still lacking.

The burden on the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is growing. He is also the only pilot in the field who has never been able to score a World Cup point. Schumacher is now one of the ten drivers with the most starts without a single point.

Schumacher needs the turning point

Schumacher now needs a quick turnaround all the more urgent – especially in terms of the strength of his team-mate. The latest rookie season puppy protection is gone. ‘Benchmark Magnussen’ reveals weaknesses in a harsh way.

Schumacher has always wanted to leave the race in Imola as soon as possible. “I do not have much more to say about it either,” he strangled the subject of “Sky,” adding, “Except we look ahead.”

In two weeks, the long-awaited premiere will take place in Miami. “I look forward to the event – hopefully with more force,” said Schumacher, who is once again aiming for his first top-ten Formula One result in Florida.

At least week after week, Magnussen shows that his Haas has the potential for it this year.

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