Mick Schumacher has an excuse for poor Dutch GP as Haas mull future

An initially strong weekend ended in disappointment for Haas.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher has emphasised that a slow stop cost him a chance at a points finish at the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend.

The German made it into the final qualifying session for the fourth time this season in the Netherlands, and qualified an impressive eighth.

His team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, was eliminated in Q1 as he was out-qualified for the fourth time this season by the 23-year-old.

It was symbolic of a massive upturn in form of late from Schumacher, who remains out of contract at the end of this season as it stands.

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On the second lap of the race, Magnussen lost control of his car at Turn Two, and was perhaps lucky to stay in the race as his car bounced off the wall following a side impact.

The Dane recovered to 15th, while Schumacher was sent out of the points by a slow stop from the Haas crew.

The Ferrari academy driver would end up P13, and the American team walked away from a race with no points for the fourth time in succession.

Schumacher was left ruing the error at the pit stop that cost him dearly but, on a positive note, he displayed tremendous pace all weekend.

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“We didn’t have the greatest pit-stop with a 10-second standing time, I think we had a problem with the front jack not coming off,” he told Formula1.com. 

“Essentially, that brought us out of contention of the points this weekend but, nonetheless, these things happen. 

“We are now looking ahead and hopefully scoring some points in the next few races.”

Schumacher had two entertaining battles with good friend Sebastian Vettel on Sunday, one of which saw the 2020 Formula 2 champion pull a move round the outside at Turn 11.

“It feels like a lot of fun, it was great having that battle,” said Schumacher.

Steiner wants to get to the bottom of the issues that occurred during Schumacher’s stop, but he praised the resolve of his drivers after they bounced back from disappointing setbacks during the race.

“It wasn’t the race we wanted to have today, Kevin lost a lot of positions on lap two when he went off,” he explained.

“Mick was fighting in the points-paying positions but at his pit-stop we had an issue with the front jack which didn’t come down, so we need to look into what it was.

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“Catching up from there is difficult – we lost too many positions, overtaking is very difficult here and in the end we made it up to P13 and P15. 

“Having been P18 and P19 at some stage, we didn’t give up but it was difficult to catch up because you have to apply different strategies and we couldn’t get back into the points.”

AlphaTauri failed to score points for the sixth time in seven races at Zandvoort, so Haas remain seventh in the Constructors’ Standings, five points clear of the Red Bull junior side.