SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – It took some time however Mick Schumacher finally collected a first points finish of his Formula One profession with an eighth place on the British Grand Prix on Sunday, easing among the mounting stress on the son of seven-time world champion Michael.
Following within the slipstream of one among Formula One’s all-time greats has opened doorways for the younger Schumacher however together with alternative has come sky-high expectations that the Haas driver has discovered more and more troublesome to stay as much as.
While it took his father two races to register his first points finish on the 1991 Italian Grand Prix driving for Benetton, Mick finally made it on his thirty first try with the accomplishment applauded by others drivers, together with world championship chief Max Verstappen.
“It’s nice to have the ability to rating points in a double points finish in a way that we’ve got now jumped Aston Martin within the constructors which is one thing nice, one thing we’ve got been aiming for some time now,” mentioned Schumacher. “Now we’re simply attempting bit-by-bit to get some extra points out of the others.”
Schumacher’s first points couldn’t have come at a greater time with whispers within the pit lane that the 23-year-old German, regardless of his pedigree, might be dropped after a run of crashes and poor finishes.
After going pointless in his rookie season final 12 months, Schumacher had come near ending his drought a number of occasions earlier than Sunday’s Silverstone breakthrough.
Points regarded on the playing cards at May’s Miami Grand Prix till he crashed together with his mentor Sebastian Vettel 4 laps from the finish whereas difficult for ninth.
At the Canadian Grand Prix on June 19 Schumacher certified a profession finest sixth however failed to show that right into a points finish when his automotive stopped mid-race.
In Britain, Schumacher steered away from an early pile up that took out a number of vehicles and delivered a powerful efficiency, even going wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen over the ultimate lap in an impressed try to grab seventh from the Dutch driver.
“It’s a threat for extra points (racing Max),” mentioned Schumacher. “We all have a great relationship inside the drivers group and nice to see everyone is wholesome after the beginning.”
(Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Ken Ferris)