Mick Schumacher will experience some special moments this weekend as he drives for the first time in his career at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, a circuit where his famous father, Michael, holds the record for seven victories, tied with Lewis Hamilton.
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The Haas team driver made no secret of his enthusiasm to perform in Montreal. “It is special to be here, acknowledged the 23-year-old driver, who visited the metropolis on Wednesday. It is special to find myself wherever my father has been. I remember taking part in a race in Montreal. If there were any others, I was too young to remember them. I’ve also been here to fish. I want to live my experiences and try to get a good performance.
“I will be racing here for the first time, but it is a track that I like, chasing the former F2 2020 champion. In particular, during the COVID-19, I used a simulator to discover the circuit. A favorite with loyal fans of the Scuderia, Michael Schumacher could count on a legion of fans. Does his son hope to have public support? “I hope to get the support of the fans,” he said. I like the city and the circuit. “
Criticized since the beginning of the season and still looking for the first point, Schumacher is aware that he needs to improve his performance. He was also the victim of two accidents, notably in Monaco, where he broke his car in two. In addition, his teammate Kevin Magnussen, who hit with relief just before the start of the season, amassed 15 points while Schumacher was left out.
“Yes, there is pressure, but I’m used to evolving in this context,” he said. Many times in my career I have been under pressure and I have usually responded in the right way. I have no doubts about my abilities and no doubt that I will react differently this time. “
“I have no problem with Mick, but he must understand that Formula 1 is a competitive sport in which everyone expects him to be consistent and fast,” said Haas team principal Günther Steiner. It is true that he has not yet scored points and has two accidents to his credit. No team would be happy with this situation. But that’s no reason to put Mick at a disadvantage and put unnecessary pressure on him. ”
Reviewed by Mazepin
Pointed out Thursday by his former teammate Nikita Mazepin in the Russian media league, Schumacher doesn’t care. “I beat him last year,” he said before moving on to the next question. Mazepin said. “The results of him speak for themselves. There is nothing to add. “
Schumacher’s teammate at Haas last year, this year Mazepin lost the drive a few days before the start of the season due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.