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Mick Schumacher

Schumacher picks battling with Verstappen as highlight of rookie F1 year

Mick Schumacher looks back fondly on his performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he was able to briefly race in the points and go wheel-to-wheel with Max Verstappen.

Mick Schumacher Max Verstappen Hungary 2021
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Mick Schumacher has picked the Hungarian Grand Prix as one of the best moments of his rookie F1 season, particularly in terms of his battle with Max Verstappen.

The eventful race saw the pecking order look a little different to usual, with several of the usual front-runners having been affected by the first cornee melee sparked by Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll both hitting other cars.

Schumacher was amongst those to benefit from this, and at one stage found himself running in the points. The Haas driver also took the opportunity to race wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen, who was trying to make his way back up the field after suffering damage on the chaotic opening lap.

Unfortunately Schumacher missed out on points in the end, though his final position of 12th marked his best finish of the year.

Best and worst moments of F1 debut

When asked about the best moment of his debut season in Formula 1, Schumacher told media including RacingNews365.com: "As a race, I'd probably take Budapest.

"It was definitely great, being able to battle with Max for a few laps, and being in the points for a few moments was great."

Schumacher also felt that his qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix was one of his "best performances", where he reached Q2 and started the race from 14th.

In terms of worst moments of the year, Schumacher is relucant to use this phrasing as he feels that every difficult situation has also provided an important learning opportunity.

"I think that personally, there's no 'worse' [moment]," the German explained.

"I think there's just a moment where you learn from [it]. If it's a bad weekend, you'll take the most out of it and find the positives really.

"On paper, maybe Mexico looks to be not great [having retired on the first lap of the race], but I think, overall, still we learned a chunk, and all that contributes to my development, and hopefully also for my future performance."

Schumacher will again race for Haas in 2022 alongside teammate Nikita Mazepin, and will also take on reserve driver duties for Ferrari.

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