Mick Schumacher has revealed the key lesson he learned from his close battles with Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix. The Haas driver engaged in a long fight with Hamilton during Saturday's Sprint, with the seven-time World Champion ultimately getting ahead to take the final point on offer in P8. Schumacher was left disappointed after the event, having felt that he had the pace to be in front of teammate Kevin Magnussen in seventh. However, he was given a second chance to duel with Hamilton during Sunday's race, as the pair again fought for P7 in the opening stages of the Grand Prix. It was Schumacher who initially got ahead, but Hamilton was able to overtake a few laps later. However, Schumacher still came away with points by finishing in P6, ahead of Magnussen in eighth.
Schumacher learned lesson from Hamilton fight
When asked what he had learned from battling so closely with a multiple World Champion – and even being able to hold him off for some laps – Schumacher felt that there was one thing in particular he had taken away from it. "I think the main thing that I've learned is that everybody's human," the German told media, including RacingNews365.com . "Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody's under pressure, [and] sometimes [it] gets to a point where they do make mistakes. "So that's, I think, important to me to know that, and to not be afraid of fighting anybody."
Haas' step forward marks "refreshing change"
Schumacher admits that he was feeling "confident" with the car in Austria, and was pleasantly surprised that the team were able to score their second double points finish in a row, following on from the same feat at the British Grand Prix. "It's great for the team," Schumacher said. "It's not what we anticipated in some ways, so it's a refreshing change." However, the driver feels that the points "could have come a lot earlier". "We’ve shown the potential that the cars have, and also we’ve shown the potential the drivers have," Schumacher added. "We know what we need for our car to be quick. We had a strong car at the beginning of the year, obviously some people brought updates. "We maybe lost our way in terms of set-up a bit, but then it came back to a very good set-up, and other people maybe struggled with their package. "So, all that completes the result we saw [in Austria]."