Mick Schumacher talks about the preparation for the 2022 F1 season and team bonding at Haas as Guenther Steiner adds on surprise of his performances.

With Schumacher completing his rookie season in 2021, preparation for 2022 has been underway for long. Haas has been technically working on their 2022 car since early last year, but preparations with the German have not been limited to just technical preparations but also team bonding for the new season.

The 2021 season for Haas was not the greatest for either Schumacher or teammate Nikita Mazepin, however, towards the end of the year the German was seen extracting the maximum out of the car that he had. He was able to put the Haas through into Q2 at the Turkish GP, which was a milestone for both him and his garage.

“I’m still surprised about it and obviously he’s getting the maximum out, I don’t think there’s anything else that happened but I was very surprised at the last races because we were so close to the tail end of the midfield, because it’s clear we’re lagging behind them for the reason that we didn’t develop so I am a little bit surprised.

“The only thing I can put it down to is him because as we all know we haven’t done any development the whole year,” said team principal Steiner to media including FormulaRapida.net. Though the young driver has shown progress there is still a way to go especially going into the new season and its many technical regulation changes.

In terms of preparing himself, Schumacher knows what’s expected of him, and so what he can do in ever changing circumstances surrounding F1, is find methods that work in reaching the goals set. “I think the preparation will be different in sense that I know what is expected of me and what, like I have a clear view of what I need to do, and obviously I think that all the preparation will adapt and change in ways I can’t tell you because obviously I will figure it out as I go,” he said to media including FormulaRapida.net.

“I don’t think there’s a clear and strict plan but it’s more of what I feel I need in a specific moment to be ready for 2022 and the new concepts of the cars,” said Schumacher. A major aspect of his prep for success and progress in 2022, however, comes from his team garage. Harmony within a team is achieved when everyone is working together efficiently and is having fun at the same time, which seems to be the case for the German.

“I still believe that obviously since then we’ve grown even closer together and I just know everybody working here so well by now I feel like we’re all having a very good time and frankly that’s all what’s this sport about is enjoy working and everybody is here because they love the sport and they have the passion for it and so yeah that’s just something definitely helped me progress in so many different ways but also made me grow as a person so hopefully next year it will be a bigger step,” said Schumacher.

The story was written by Selena Aburas

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