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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has acknowledged Mick Schumacher has to learn the nuances of overtaking in Formula 1, having been deprived of the opportunity in 2021.
The only battling Schumacher had over the course of his debut season was in any combat with his team-mate Nikita Mazepin, with Haas the regular backmarkers throughout last year and often falling well behind the rest of the field.
But their work in fully focusing on their 2022 car instead of their 2021 challenger has paid off, with the team now comfortably fighting in the midfield and having the chance to score points regularly.
Schumacher enjoyed a battle with his mentor and compatriot Sebastian Vettel in sprint qualifying at Imola, passing the four-time former World Champion on his way to his highest ever grid slot in Formula 1.
He was unable to convert that into a points finish. However, his team boss said he is putting in the hours of work to get better on every level.
“He has to learn to drive at the front. It’s tighter in the midfield,” Steiner told German news outlet Die Welt. “I’ve said to him the higher you go, the thinner the air gets.
“It’s new for him to use the car for an overtaking manoeuvre. Last season we only drove behind and he was too rarely able to do that.
“He wants to get better and that’s why he invests so much time.”
Schumacher has yet to get in the points this year, while his team-mate Kevin Magnussen has earned top-10 finishes in four of the first five races of the season if you include the sprint at Imola.
While the young German is yet to match Magnussen over the course of a race weekend, Steiner said separately the Dane is playing the role of teacher to his less experienced colleague, which will help the team moving forward.
“It’s a good position for Mick to be in to have someone like Kevin who is very fair and gives him all the information,” said Steiner, quoted by GPFans.
“You can learn a lot yourself, but if you have a teacher it goes a lot quicker.”
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