Mick Schumacher says Haas took the “right decisions” during qualifying for Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix after advancing to Q2 for just the second time this season.
Following a rain-affected FP3 on Saturday morning, the circuit was still damp as qualifying began at Istanbul Park, with a further downpour was predicted.
This left drivers queuing at the end of the pitlane at the start of Q1, and on a drying track but with drizzle in the air, conditions proved difficult due to a lack of tyre temperature.
But Schumacher mastered the mixed conditions after a late switch to a new set of soft tyres, making most of the extra grip to progress through to Q2, matching his feat from Paul Ricard earlier in the year where he failed to participate due to a crash at the end of Q1.
“Yeah, it was definitely great. Those tricky conditions were fun to drive,” Schumacher said.
“I enjoyed it and kind of just did what I do best – and that’s drive. We, as a team, took the right decisions at the right times. We analysed it properly, we went through all the steps that we usually do, and we seem to have found the right setup for the right conditions.”
Schumacher would go on to qualify 14th on the grid, equalling his best starting position of the year in Russia, where he moved up due to rivals having grid penalties.
The German finished just half a second off the top 10 in Q2 and could’ve improved his laptime further only to abort his final effort due to waved yellow flags for Lance Stroll’s off at Turn 1.
“If you wait for the last lap, those things can happen,” Schumacher said. “I’m just really happy that we managed to get to drive and get to show our performance. I think maybe we even had a tenth or two in there and be closer to George [Russell].
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to move forwards [in the race]. To be in the points: that’s the dream. How far this can come reality, we’ll have to wait and see. We’ll analyse properly, see what we can do for tomorrow and just go from there.”