Schumacher’s son shut up the critics! After the rain qualification, Mick can hardly be called mediocre
Lagging behind a partner should not be embarrassing: despite the difficult conditions, the German was more confident than more experienced rivals.
Fernando Alonso, the ex-world champion, a living Formula 1 legend, dragged Alpin to the first row of the starting grid, which has not happened to the team from Enstone since 2013 and the times when he played for it. Kimi Raikkonen.
No one doubted Alonso’s talent – the surprise was that the speed of the Alpin this time corresponded to the level of its pilot – at least in part. But the sixth place of Mick Schumacher was a huge surprise – this year the German is criticized in every way and, perhaps, in vain …
Greatness Alonso! Two-time champion is the protagonist of the F-1 rain qualification in Canada
Mick shows his teeth
The Canadian Grand Prix has not been on the Formula 1 calendar since 2019, and for Guanyu Zhou, Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher this weekend is the first at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. The track itself is not among the most innocuous, and in the rain, a bunch of turns in the first and second sectors, which are almost completely framed by concrete walls, become even more insidious.
Nevertheless, Schumacher spent the entire session very confidently and achieved a brilliant result. In the first segment, Mick was 11th, leaving Lewis Hamilton behind, and the second part of the session went with the sixth time – by this time Gasly had already left the qualification, and Perez flew into the striker. In the final classification, Schumacher was also in sixth position, and although the gap from Magnussen was almost 0.4 seconds, the result was more than worthy.
Rain qualifying in Montreal was the best in the career of Mick Schumacher
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Throughout the season, the German in the paddock is criticized: he cannot reach his partner and twice got into major accidents. At the same time, both incidents took place on street routes – in Jeddah and Monaco, and one would assume that in Montreal, where the walls are also sometimes very close, Mick’s confidence is not enough. However, the German coped with his tasks brilliantly and won the best qualifying result in his career.
Success came to Mick at the moment when the paddock is actively discussing who exactly Haas will take in his place for the next season – whether Ferrari will push the candidacy of Antonio Giovinazzi or maybe Robert Schwartzman will suddenly have a chance. Now, Schumacher’s position has been significantly strengthened – one such performance, of course, is not enough to get a new contract, but if Mick continues in the same spirit, he will not have to worry about a place on the starting grid.
Zhou is also good
Since we are talking about the success of young pilots, one cannot fail to note the performance of Guanyu Zhou – the Chinese debutant, although he turned out to be the slowest in Q3, is also worthy of praise for reaching the qualifying final for the first time in his career.
Zhou showed speed already in the first segment, when he showed the 11th time and was only 0.003 seconds behind the most experienced Valtteri Bottas, who in the period from 2015 to 2018 climbed the podium four times in a row in Montreal. In the second segment, Guanyu was completely ahead of the Finn – and by a giant 0.62 seconds!
Zhou made it to Q3 for the first time and completely eclipsed Bottas
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Bottas did not pass in Q3 and remained in the final protocols in 11th position, but Zhou took 10th place and won the best qualifying result in his (so far) short career in Formula 1.
As in the case of Schumacher, one such performance is not enough to permanently get rid of the rental driver label, but he stuck to Zhou not quite rightly. The debutant has not yet made any serious mistakes, in races he often has a decent pace, and problems often arose at the start and in qualifications – let’s hope the driver figured it out with the latter.
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