Mick Schumacher insists that he is not struggling to keep his motivation up after another disappointing result at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Haas driver had enjoyed a strong qualifying session on Saturday, in which he secured his best-ever grid slot of P6. During the opening stages of the race, Schumacher looked to potentially be on course for his first points in F1 as he ran in the top 10. However, after 18 laps he was forced to pull off the track and retire the car due to a power unit issue, marking his second DNF in recent weeks following his crash at the Monaco Grand Prix in May.
Schumacher reflects on "frustrating" retirement
Schumacher admits that his retirement in Montreal was "frustrating", but he is still taking positives from the weekend. "It's obviously very frustrating, but these things happen. It's Formula 1," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "We've just got to swallow that pill. But again, we have loads of positive things we can take away from here, so [I'm] just really excited about the next one." Having such a promising qualifying performance is something that Schumacher is particularly taking heart from. "We knew that we had the pace all along [during difficult races]," the driver said. "But we had some difficult races, so it's good to have a good qualifying. It's good to have a good race pace. "We haven't brought any updates, and it's basically the same car as at the beginning of the season, and we're still doing great, so it's obviously very positive."
No struggles with motivation, says Schumacher
On whether it was more difficult to accept the retirement at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve due to running in the points at the time, Schumacher explained: "It's always tough to accept these things. "Obviously, it's probably tougher if you're in a points-paying position and you have to retire the car. I think we were seventh or whatever, picking up the pace to catch Esteban [Ocon] ahead. "It's never the best, but it's what it is." Schumacher was also quizzed on whether it is challenging to maintain motivation after missing out on another possible opportunity for points. "No. I'm here because I love this sport," the German answered. "I love driving. Obviously you want to earn what you fight for, and unfortunately we didn't earn it today, but I'm sure that we will have more opportunities to come." With 13 more races remaining in the 2022 season, Schumacher is hopeful that his fortunes will change in the end. "Eventually luck will change, hopefully," he added. "It's obviously tough, but I've had these seasons in the past and we've managed to win them after all, so we have a few more races to go."