Ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle has praised the recent form of Mick Schumacher, saying the German driver has come alive in recent races. Having scored his first-ever F1 points in 31 attempts with eighth place at the British Grand Prix, Schumacher followed that up with an impressive P6 in the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen and being voted F1's Driver of the Day. Such performances were a far cry from earlier in the season, when Schumacher appeared to be struggling to come to terms with the pace of Magnussen. The German also suffered two unforced high-speed shunts in Saudi Arabia and Monaco, prompting team boss Guenther Steiner to publicly admonish him for his costly crashes.
Brundle praises Schumacher's turnaround
However, according to Brundle, Schumacher has been a man transformed in recent weeks, which the Englishman puts down to a change in mental attitude. "Mick Schumacher is an interesting case," Brundle wrote in his column for Sky Sports . "Until Canada he appeared to be a solid driver, perhaps a little too nice and easy going, who damaged too many cars. "Under pressure, and no doubt after some heavy conversations with team boss Guenther Steiner, he's come alive and looks far more assertive and confident, and his natural talents are starting to flow properly. "Like any sport at the highest level, it's primarily about your own head space."
Steiner impressed by Schumacher, but wants even more
Schumacher's weekend in Austria also included confidence-inspiring battles with Lewis Hamilton, who ties father Michael on seven F1 titles. Reflecting on this recent progress, Steiner recognised the steps being made but called on the 23-year-old to continue his upward trajectory. "Everybody has to prove himself and he's doing good at the moment," Steiner told media, including RacingNews365.com . "Hopefully he will still [get] better, because we need it for the team [and] we need to make points."