Mick Schumacher reckons that a change in fortune is just around the corner for his side of the Haas garage, after the German driver left Imola empty-handed.
While Kevin Magnussen took his third points finish in four races, Schumacher straggled home in 17th after a first-lap half-spin sent him spiralling down the order from his 10th-place grid slot.
A late-race spin at the Variante Alta ensured that there was no chance of a comeback and, after the race, Schumacher held his hands up about his poor start to proceedings.
"The start wasn't great, which made everything more difficult than necessary," he told media, including RacingNews365.com, after crossing the line.
"Overall, it was quite tight going through Turns 2 and 3. I think there were quite a few cars next to each [other] and there were cars spinning ahead.
"It was never going to make things easy but, unfortunately, we had that half-spin which just cost us a lot of positions."
Where might Schumacher have finished?
With Magnussen showing the strength of the VF-22 once again, Schumacher was asked whether a potential points place had gone begging.
"Definitely. I think we had the pace to be around P10," he commented.
"I think it's not the first time we had the chance for points; I think we had [it] multiple times already this year.
"It was just a matter of it being too tight going through Turns 2 and 3. Maybe [I was] risking a little bit too much after a poor start.
"Obviously, from there on, it doesn't really matter what happens, just because you're trying so hard to get back to it.
"Even if I hadn't lost it at the chicane on the wet grass, it wouldn't have changed our position in that case."
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Are frustrations setting in for Schumacher?
Having had to watch Magnussen maximise his and Haas' opportunities once again, Schumacher admitted he's annoyed about not yet being able to join in the fight in the top 10.
Asked whether he's getting frustrated, he said: "It's not a frustration rising, it's just a matter of [it being] annoying, because I want to be in the points.
"I enjoy racing and I surely enjoy racing in the points, and with the top guys. I think we had the car to do that today but, unfortunately, I just didn't get there at the right moment."
But he reckons a change in fortune isn't far away. Referring to his Formula 3 and Formula 2 days, in which his second year in both series went much better than the first, Schumacher believes an "avalanche" might be coming this season.
"I had this kind of championship already in the past, where the first races didn't go to plan," he added.
"Once I had a great weekend, things just started rolling like an avalanche, so [I'm] just waiting for that good moment."
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