Haas driver Mick Schumacher stated that he was relieved with the lack of contract pressure in 2021, saying it helped him do better.
Schumacher contested his rookie season in 2021. Although he failed to score a single point, he showed a lot of promise and had some solid highlights to be proud of.
The German’s multi-year contract means he will race for Haas next season. He revealed that because of the situation, he had one less thing to worry about.
Schumacher stated that he was relieved with the lack of contract pressure in 2021, saying it allowed him to focus on his driving.
“Not tougher. I think it’s been easier than I expected to be honest,” he said, as quoted by motorsport.com.
“Again, there’s not that pressure of having to say ‘what are you going to do next year?’ It’s like, if you deliver most of the time you’ll have a cockpit for next year. So it’s all about yourself, really. There’s nothing from the outside that can influence that decision, really.”
Some like it, some don’t
“You can see it in the way that I would have enjoyed having that pressure of scoring points every weekend, being up there and fighting,” the son of Michael Schumacher continued.
“Obviously it puts a different light onto you than if you always drive at the back. Obviously for people that know and understand the sport, they’ll see what I do.
“But for people that are maybe not as into it, they’ll just see me driving in the back and they’ll wonder why, because they’ve seen me winning championships before.
“So it’s a bit of a different approach. But it’s been good for us. Next year, I think there’s loads to come,” he concluded.