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Ralf Schumacher

Ralf Schumacher criticises nephew Mick and urges him to 'do better'

After a promising start, Mick Schumacher's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend turned sour as he spun twice and finished a lowly 17th in Sunday's race, prompting criticism from his uncle Ralf.

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Ralf Schumacher has criticised nephew Mick Schumacher's performance in Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the Haas driver made too many mistakes.

Mick's Imola weekend began reasonably well, with the German qualifying 11th for Saturday's Sprint race, in which he gained a place to see himself cross the line in 10th, where he would line up on the grid for Sunday's main event.

But things started to unravel for Mick shortly after the start, when he spun exiting Tamburello in wet conditions on the opening lap and dropped to 17th.

He had another spin later in the race after cutting the Variante Alta chicane, and Uncle Ralf pulled no punches in his appraisal of Mick's weekend.

"He did a good job in dry conditions, and the result in the Sprint was great, but there were too many mistakes in the race," Ralf wrote in his column for Sky Sport Germany.

"Starting in rainy conditions is difficult. Even Daniel Ricciardo slid wide (on Lap 1, taking out Carlos Sainz). It can happen to anyone.

"But the second mistake was just too much. It has to be said that this shouldn't happen."

Mick overshadowed by Magnussen in 2022

Mick's disappointing Sunday stood in stark contrast to teammate Kevin Magnussen, who finished ninth for his third points finish in four races so far this season.

Having been dropped from Haas at the end of 2020, Magnussen was a late returnee to both the American squad and F1 just two weeks before the start of the 2022 season, after Nikita Mazepin was moved aside.

But the Dane has been a revelation in the VF-22, belying his lack of preparation by scoring all 15 of Haas' points so far this season.

By contrast, Mick is yet to score a championship point since his arrival in F1 last season, and after shading Mazepin, has been distinctly overshadowed by Magnussen so far in 2022.

"He just has to review the whole weekend to gain experience and do better," said Ralf of his nephew's next steps.

"In the next few races, he also has to finish ahead of Magnussen, but Mick gets along better with new tracks. He has already shown that.

"That's why I expect something from him [at the next Grand Prix] in Miami."

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