Schumacher: I found grip everywhere I put the car

Schumacher: I found grip everywhere I put the car

Schumacher: I found grip everywhere I put the car

Mick Schumacher redeemed himself, qualified sixth in Montreal, his best formula 1 qualifying result ever, on a day when he found traction everywhere he parked the car.

Being knocked out again by team-mate Kevin Magnussen doesn’t take anything away from Schumacher, as he managed to keep his cool in the tricky conditions that prevailed over qualifying in Montreal on Saturday, leaving his car in sixth place, especially in one piece.

This result should come as a relief to the son of F1 great Michael Schumacher as he has been under extreme pressure this season, causing him to crash several times, while being consistently outmatched by Magnussen.

“The car was great,” said Schumacher Sky Sports F1 after qualifying. “Everywhere I put the car I found grip. On the last set of tires I had to slow down because of Carlos and they cooled down a bit. But until then I was very, very happy.

“It’s something I can build on and grow from,” he added. “I have always loved racing in wet conditions. At a track like this, there’s a lot of potential for drivers to show what they can do.”

Schumacher’s family was present in Montreal

Later, in Haas’ media letter, the German added: “It was pretty good, although we still haven’t maximized everything because that last set of tires turned out to be a bit more difficult in terms of positioning.

“We had to cut off a lap because of the traffic and everything got a little cold, which I didn’t want. I’m still very happy with P6 and it’s a good position to start tomorrow’s race.

“I don’t think we’re moving any further,” added a realistic Schumacher, “just because of the pace the other cars have around us, but we’ll do our best and see where we end up.

“It’s our best qualifying yet and I’m very happy for the team,” the 23-year-old concluded.

Magnussen, who qualified fifth, added: “This is what we had hoped for. We’ve seen in Imola before that we like these conditions and we got the job done today.

“It was all about putting in a better lap as the track got better and better, so you have to push all the time and it’s very enjoyable in these conditions.

“Mick also did a great job putting him in P6, so tomorrow we’ll be P5 and P6, that’s a great effort from the team and I’m very happy for them,” he concluded.

It’s Haas’ best combined qualifying result

Team principal Guenther Steiner looked back on Haas’ performance on Saturday and said: “A very good day for the team today.

“As a team, I think this is our best combined qualifying position – both drivers have done well – just like the whole team in very challenging and changing conditions.

“Everyone kept calm and we got the best out of it, everything worked smoothly,” he added. “Many thanks to the crew who also worked at night.

“We broke the curfew last night because we had to fix a problem with Kevin’s car, but it all worked out,” Steiner revealed. “Now we are really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can take some points home.”

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