Mick Schumacher feels that he was on course for his best weekend in Formula 1 at the Turkish Grand Prix, up until a collision with Fernando Alonso in Sunday's race, but nonetheless took encouragement from Haas' improved performance.
The German managed to make it out of Q1 for the second time this season, though unlike in France, he was actually able to take part in Q2 at Istanbul Park.
Having qualified in 14th, Schumacher saw his hopes of a good finish derailed after clashing with Alonso on the opening lap. While things didn't to plan on Sunday, he was pleased that the gap to other cars was smaller than usual.
"Up to the race, yeah. Maybe the race, no," Schumacher told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media, when asked if it was his best weekend in F1.
"Overall, I think we can be very happy about what we did. We were very close [to cars ahead] from the beginning, and it just seemed like the gaps to the other cars was a bit smaller than usual.
"We can take massive amounts of positives from here and hopefully bring them to the rest of the season.
"Those things [the incident with Alonso] happen, especially at those kind of corners. Unfortunately, this time it didn't work out, but we'll learn and move on."
Schumacher's early spin meant he had to settle for 19th, while Alonso didn't fare much better, finishing down in 16th. The Spaniard, who received a penalty for the incident, apologised to Schumacher after the race.