Haas hopes to repeat Schumacher’s Q2 success ahead of home race
Mick Schumacher’s appearance at the Turkish Grand Prix in Q2 had a profound impact on Haas, according to their team principal Guenther Steiner, who said he hoped for more success in qualifying ahead of the home race. team.
Schumacher qualified a career-best P14 with his second Q2 appearance of the season in Turkey, but fell down the order thanks to contact with Fernando Alonso in the race. But in a so far pointless season for Haas, who has made sacrifices to prepare for the new era of F1 that begins in 2022, Schumacher’s success has had a big impact, according to Steiner.
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“For me I was obviously happy for Mick that he did it, but for the whole team because we had very few highlights on track, and having something like that assures you that we can do it. do – that we can execute when we get the chance,” he explained.
“I think it will impact the next few races for the team as they have regained some of the confidence that they maybe lost a bit over the year and hopefully we can have a another time like this in 2021.”
F1 is making a return to Americas fan-favorite circuit after a year’s absence, but Schumacher and team-mate Nikita Mazepin will be making their F1 debuts at the venue, and Schumacher has explained why it’s “a lot more” than a home run for Haas.
“It’s our home race, so obviously I’m excited about it, but it’s so much more than that,” he said. “I love Austin and the United States. It’s special and it’s something where Formula 1 isn’t that big yet but we’re about to get really big, especially because of the Drive to survive series.
“I’m really looking forward to it because it’s a great show, there’s always so much going on and frankly, I’m just super excited to get back to the States,” Schumacher said.
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Steiner added: “Austin as a city and also as a circuit, it’s just a good place and having missed last year, I think all of Formula 1 is happy to be back in Austin and we we look forward to it. We did some NASCAR stuff there as Gene [Haas, team owner] also has a NASCAR team – Stewart-Haas Racing – which was quite successful as we had Romain [Grosjean] and Kevin [Magnussen] drive that car with Tony Stewart, who’s a legend around here. So overall I’m really happy to go.
It’s not just Haas but McLaren who are racing for a return to COTA, with their driver Daniel Ricciardo finally trying out in a Dale Earnhardt Sr production car this weekend.