What eight days for Mick Schumacher! He made his debut at Silverstone, now his best Formula 1 finish. Spielberg’s weekend is turning into turbo maturity. Charles Leclerc cheers from the front.
Mick Schumacher laughed and beamed and had every reason to be. The 23-year-old won all the praise and congratulations on his great Formula One ride, finishing sixth in the Austrian Grand Prix.
The son of record world champion Michael Schumacher was even voted “Driver of the Day” by the fans. “I am completely satisfied,” said Schumacher in Spielberg. And he was exactly like that – just 24 hours after some frustration had built up in the more confident and determined Mick Schumacher.
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The fact that he didn’t feel as supported by the team in the sprint race as he had hoped was forgotten. Sometimes a difficult time this year with two serious and, above all, extremely costly accidents. “Fantastic race, I’m happy for you and the team,” team boss Günther Steiner radioed to Mick Schumacher after crossing the finish line in front of over 100,000 fans en route.
Praise also from Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff
Sixth place in Austria marked a further eight points after four points on his points debut last week at Silverstone. He takes 15th place in the classification, only one place and three points behind his colleague and compatriot Sebastian Vettel. Charles Leclerc’s victory at Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappen at Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton Mick Schumacher could also feel like a winner at Mercedes. “Mick drove great, defended well and was always sporty. I’m glad to see it, ”said Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff.
Schumacher had already had a great duel with the Silver Arrows star in Saturday’s sprint race, but had to pass 37-year-old Lewis Hamilton – in his opinion also due to the team’s lack of help – and missed. on points in a shortened race in ninth place. Fighting the seven-time world champion again on Sunday was fun, emphasized Mick Schumacher. Overall, he feels very comfortable in many position battles. “I would feel most forward, but we still have to wait for that,” said Sky.
Leclerc celebrates his fifth career victory
At the front, Leclerc achieved his fifth career victory. He had to overtake Verstappen three times in a very confusing track race that was only 4,318 km long. He did it three times without any major problems – also to the dismay of the tens of thousands of Dutch fans who went there. “I definitely needed it,” said Leclerc, a party animal from Oranje. His Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, British triumphant winner seven days earlier, retired to the podium course. Only with difficulty he managed to save from the Ferrari rolling backwards and on fire.
In the classification, the leader and world champion Verstappen lost only six points. “But second place is a good result on a difficult day,” commented the Dutchman. His advantage over the new second Leclerc is 38 points. Third is Sergio Perez, who retired in the second Red Bull race in the home Grand Prix of billionaire racing team Dietrich Mateschitz.
Unpleasant background noise from the stands
Orange smoke was already blowing in the lap of formation. Mood-makers from the Netherlands have turned the Styrian Grand Prix weekend into a non-stop event since Thursday with a total of over 300,000 spectators – albeit with extremely unpleasant background noise. According to reports, especially from female fans, there were racist, homophobic and sexist insults Formula 1 he wrote about “totally unacceptable comments”. “I read some shocking things, that’s not right,” said Verstappen after a race to end the Grand Prix weekend from pole position.
After pole position for the sprint, which he then won, he lost the lead on lap twelve. Lots of tire changes as the race progresses, time penalties for leaving the racetrack made things a bit confusing. Mick Schumacher was not annoyed by this, and neither was Leclerc, who ended his frustrated weeks with bankruptcies, bad luck and controversial team management decisions. The last five races have been difficult for him, said Monegasque, who won two races in 2019, none in 2020 and started in Bahrain this year and in Melbourne on April 10.
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