Schumacher was criticized after a poor start to the season, which caused him to miss a qualifying race in Saudi Arabia, a clumsy crash with Sebastian Vettel in Miami, and a major pool accident during the Grand Prix. from Monaco.
Schumacher’s performance has improved since then. He qualified sixth in Canada, the best position of his career, and although his car failed on that occasion, he later scored points in Great Britain and Austria. But since the beginning of the year, he has not forgotten the punishment.
“In a way, people are focusing on making headlines,” Schumacher told Motorsport.com in an interview ahead of the summer break.
“Yes, I understand that people need to make money and they need to do certain things. But on the other hand, I would also appreciate it if people took more time to study the facts.”
While some of these accidents are cases of driver error, there have been times when outsiders didn’t know all the details but had a say anyway, such as when Schumacher was hampered by suspension problems in Spain. However, he says that now he knows how to get through those moments.
“I don’t think about it again, and I don’t think about it again,” Schumacher said. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what I’m worth. So I focus on that. I just try to do my best and generally do the best I can.” That should be enough to do well, as it has been in Formula 2 and in Formula 3. And in Formula 4 as well.
“In every single championship I’ve participated in in the lower categories, I’ve finished second or first. So I see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do that in Formula 1.
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22 Crash
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Developing this kind of thinking was part of Schumacher’s mental reset after the Monaco crash. The change began to modify the narrative of his season.
“I knew I had to do something to improve my performance,” said Schumacher. “I think I had to consider everything that happened, but also why I am here in Formula 1.
“A big part of it is because I love the sport. So I focused on that and said to myself, ‘I’m doing this because I love it and if I don’t want to do it, I There is no need to do that.'”
“It helped me get back into a positive place. Inevitably, then I got to do a good job as well.”
Although the last two races before the summer break were in vain after a pair of positive Silverstone-Spielberg results, Schumacher remains optimistic for the rest of the season.
“I think we missed a little bit on the set-up at the start of the year,” the German driver explained. “We had to kind of do a reset and then build it back from scratch. Looking at what we had in those races compared to what we’ve got today in terms of set-up, I think we’re very Very happy.”