Haas’ Mick Schumacher loves seeing all of the innovation taking place in Formula 1, with his rookie season now complete.
Schumacher contested his first Formula 1 campaign in 2021 with the American outfit, partnering Nikita Mazepin, who was also in his maiden F1 season.
And during his first year as a Formula 1 driver, Schumacher was fascinated by the amount of inventing that goes on in Formula 1, and how many “new minds” are put into redesigning existing components.
“So, so many things get invented in here,” Schumacher told GPFans.
“Like, there’s a lot of build-up with new creations or new minds to how you approach, let’s say, the T-tray or gearboxes or whatever.
“Just so much stuff happening and that’s something which I’m really interested in. To sum it up, I love this sport.”
2021 was the poorest season in Haas’ F1 history as they failed to score a point in the underdeveloped VF-21, even at the start of that year full focus was on 2022 and nailing the new regulations.
But despite Haas’ predicament it was not all doom and gloom for Schumacher on the track.
The 22-year-old was able to establish himself as the standout performer over Mazepin, troubling the lower-midfield runners on several occasions.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner was particularly impressed by Schumacher’s performances in the final three races of 2021, having latched on to the midfield in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Schumacher also made Q2 at the Turkish Grand Prix on merit, one of his biggest personal highlights from the season.
Asked if the praise from fans and pundits served as a confidence booster in his rookie season, Schumacher replied: “It was definitely a boost.
“I can only say thank you for the people that say those things because it means a lot. It means also that they notice what I’m doing.
“Obviously, I’m not doing it for anybody but myself. I’m racing because I love racing. I love being here and I love working with great people and great minds as well. It’s such an invention.”
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