(Motorsport-Total.com) – “You can describe it like this: You get a cake, but you are not allowed to eat it”, says Mick Schumacher after the qualification of France (Formula 1 2021 live in the ticker). The Haas driver was able to move into the second qualifying segment for the first time in his Formula 1 career at Le Castellet, but was unable to take part in it because he had previously triggered a red flag in an accident.
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Mick Schumacher could no longer compete in Q2
Schumacher had lost control of the car at Turn 6 and turned into the lane. His car was broken, but because he was in 14th place at the time and all other drivers had to abandon their attempts, he moved into Q2 for the first time. For Haas it was the first Q2 since the 2020 Nürburgring race.
“So it was a shame somewhere that we couldn’t drive it,” he says. “But still: We made it in Q2. It was a long, long, long goal of ours that we longed for. And we’ve made it now.”
This gives the German hope that tomorrow, Sunday, he will also have a good result: “Our race pace wasn’t too bad either. So hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow,” he says and could imagine that it would be for him could give something around 15th place. “I don’t think it’s enough for points,” he says.
“But I also like to be surprised. I go into the race with open arms and hopefully get one or the other place up, which would of course be nice. If not, we have gained experience,” said Schumacher.
But before the race the question remains whether he can take his 15th place on the grid at all. Because of course there is always the risk that the gearbox has been damaged in the accident – if he were to change, Schumacher would be back at the back. “The transmissions are quite fragile,” he says. “To what extent something has to be changed, I don’t know.”
Team boss Günther Steiner is meanwhile exercising optimism: “I think the crash structure at the rear has not been damaged, that’s a good sign,” he says on ‘ServusTV’. “Now we have to see whether there is a drive shaft in the gearbox or whether the differential has been broken. If that is still intact, then tomorrow we can start 15th.”
Even the South Tyrolean doesn’t really know whether to be happy or not: “We made it into Q2 for the first time, but we are at the tow truck. That’s why I don’t know, it’s definitely not good,” he says. (AD: If you really want to see XY live, you can do it without a Sky subscription. With the trial day ticket you can see the Grand Prix for 14.99 euros without any contractual obligations!)
But he doesn’t think it is necessary to have an extra conversation with Schumacher after the accident: “It’s such a thing with Mick. He understands a lot himself. He will surely come to us.”