How Mick Schumacher convinced Steiner to sign him

Haas boss Gunther Steiner believes Mick Schumacher has shown tremendous work ethic and the entire team is left impressed with how he integrated so well.

There is always bound to be a degree of press whenever Mick takes to the circuit. Although his first attempt at a free practice with Alfa Romeo was called off due to rain at the Eifel Grand Prix, Mick did not disappoint in Abu Dhabi.

Judging a driver in free practice is seldom enough to convince team owners. However, Steiner could see Schumacher’s talent owing to what he had seen of the German in the garage. He promptly went on to hand the rookie a deal for the 2021 season.

“He did a fantastic job,” said Steiner after Mick Schumacher completed his first run. “I didn’t see it as a test session, as you can’t see the potential of a driver there.

“He worked very well with the engineers,” Steiner said. “I watched that more than his performance. It was very good, what he did with the engineers. He was very clear in his comments and everything.

“And, by the way, also his performance in the car, we didn’t put any pressure on him on what to do, but it was good. The most important thing is: do not make any mistake, because that just takes you back.

“He didn’t do anything like that. He performed very well and knew exactly where he lost his time compared to the other people.”

Attitude matters

Steiner was quick to point out the attitude displayed by Schumacher, especially for someone so young and untested at the top level.

“You can see his personality. How he’s prepared to work and what he takes in. Because there is, for these young guys, a lot to be taken in, being the first time on a F1 circuit, especially if your last name is Schumacher.

“There are many watching you and at 21, you need to have a lot of confidence to do that. He did a good job all over the week.”

Schumacher now has another day-and-a-half of running in pre-season testing at Barcelona next March ahead of his F1 race debut.

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