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Schumacher thrilled 'to even think about' Q3 place

Mick Schumacher was all smiles after making it out of Q1 for just the second time in his young F1 career.

Mick Schumacher couldn't hide his delight at making Q2 for the second time in his career, as he'll start the Turkish Grand Prix from P14. The German previously made it out of Q1 at the French Grand Prix. However, he was unable to take part in the session, crashing out after securing his place. Schumacher avoided a repeat of that at Istanbul Park on Saturday, staying on track and actually participating in Q2. "We got to drive this one, fortunately," Schumacher told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I'm happy to do that, and happy to be able to get the chance to even think about Q3. "The car felt great. As a team, I think we did a really good job. I'm just really, really happy right now. "We had one lap that we had left to try and make it. We know we had the opportunity because the lap before, I think, was not too bad. I think we were P15 for quite some time. "I knew that there was still some time in it, because I wasn't 100 percent happy with my lap before, but then that one lap that I had, I think we really managed to get the most out of it. "Obviously, once we crossed the line and I heard [Race Engineer] Gary [Gannon] open the radio, and I heard the cheering in the background, I knew things were good, and looked good. I think, overall, [I'm] very happy." Asked why his performance has improved this weekend, Schumacher suggested that F1's absence in Turkey, which returned to the calendar last season for the first time since 2011, may have factored into the equation. "I don't really know, it's hard to answer now," Schumacher added. "It's something that probably will take some analysing after the weekend. "It may also be because this track is still very new to most teams. We haven't driven here in a while, except for last year. Maybe that just brings the drivers a bit closer, the teams a bit closer. Who knows? Frankly, I like it being that way."

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