Schumacher: F1: Haas boss delighted after Schumacher’s qualifying performance | Race News


ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Formula 1 Haas boss Guenther Steiner saw a brighter future after a decisive performance by Mick Schumacher in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 22-year-old rookie son of the seven-time world champion and former Ferrari great Michael will start 14th after competing for the first time in the second phase of qualifying.
Ferrari-powered Haas are the last in the championship and the only one of the 10 teams to still score a point in 15 races this season.
“We weren’t just lucky, (the team) did a good job,” Steiner told reporters. “Everything has been done well. It shows that you just have to keep working and things will happen to us.
“It was my greatest personal satisfaction today, to see how the team performed. We are ready for next year, everything is fine,” he added.
“If we have a better car, the racing team is ready to score points.”
Formula 1 enters a new era next year with a rule revolution aimed at making the playing field more level and with races closer.
Haas has previously announced that Ferrari academy driver Schumacher and Russian teammate Nikita Mazepin, whose billionaire father runs title sponsor Uralkali, remain in an unchanged roster.
Schumacher’s performance equaled the German rookie’s best grid position, secured in Russia two weeks ago after some drivers took penalties.
He also reached the second qualifying phase in France in June but was unable to participate with the car too damaged following a crash in the dying seconds of the first stint.
Schumacher, the former Formula 2 champion from last year, said he had never doubted his abilities and praised the team’s progress this season.
“Just really happy right now and happy that we have done it as a team and that we got it on merit,” he said.
“The progression has always been there and up and that’s something we have to keep until the end of the season.”

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