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Mick Schumacher: "6th shows that I am here for a reason"

The youngest de Haas driver was quick throughout the session, admitting afterwards that he felt he could have achieved an even better position than sixth.

Montreal’s performance came after Mick Schumacher was criticized after his accident in Monaco, which was followed by a clean but uncompetitive weekend in Baku.

After a great Saturday for Haas, the German will start just behind teammate Kevin Magnussen.

“Obviously it’s nice to have a good result,” said Mick Schumacher . “But it’s also something to build on. And, you know, to show everyone that yes, I’m here for a reason.”

“Obviously I was expecting more, I think there was more to the car and myself, I just didn’t maximize the last stint due to traffic and other moments. But overall very, very happy with qualifying.”

“But I think everyone is also cautiously happy about it, because we still have tomorrow. But overall, I think we did a good job today, which is good for the team, but also good for us.”

Asked by Motorsport.com if he felt he had muted the criticism, he said: “I honestly don’t hear that. I’m here for a reason, and that’s because I love this sport, and I love racing.”

“And I think I’ve shown enough in my junior days to have a reason to be here. Again, I love this sport. And that’s why I’m here.”

Towards the end of Q2, Schumacher was offered the choice of pitting for one lap on fresh tyres, or three laps on the tires he had. He decided to stay out and keep rolling.

“I was on a good lap, that lap, when we talked about it,” he said. “So it was definitely the right choice.”

“There was a lot of standing water [on the circuit]. So that definitely didn’t help the ease of driving. But I have to say I really enjoyed it. And I felt very comfortable, which I think showed in my driving.”

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Asked if he could aim for his first points on Sunday, Mick replied: “Of course. And I think we have some cars that are quicker than us from behind. So we’ll do our best tomorrow.”

“Anything can happen. This is Montreal, and obviously there are a lot of laps [in the race], so a lot of opportunities to defend, but also to attack, so we didn’t give up today.”

“We just want to have the best result for us as a team and as a whole. So that’s definitely on our minds now. And we’ll have an in-depth meeting about what we have to do to maintain the position or be at least close to where we are now. “.

His teammate Kevin Magnussen was quick to thank the team for making the right decisions and putting him on track at the optimal time.

“I wish they would score points today!” said the Dane when asked by Motorsport.com about his session. “But they will be tomorrow.”

“It’s a really good job from the whole team today. In these conditions, it’s about going out at the right time and knowing how to take advantage of the laps, and the team has done really well today. So P5 and P6, I’m very glad”.

“There are fast people at the back and also right behind me so I don’t think P5 is going to be our target tomorrow. race”.

“We started a little bit at the front because we are P5, so let’s see. I would be very happy if we could be in the top 10.”

Magnussen wanted to praise Schumacher after the German’s recent run of bad luck: “Very happy, yes, of course. I’m happy for him. He did a good job in qualifying, I could see he was fast. But I’m very happy for the whole team. , especially”.

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