Mick Schumacher received a damper on the first Formula 2 weekend at Silverstone in the UK. The 21-year-old from the Prema team had to struggle massively with his tires in both races and only finished in ninth and 14th places. The son of Formula 1 record world champion Michael was therefore unable to match his two podium places in Hungaroring.
Only in the main race on Saturday did Schumacher sniff some air when he stormed to the top from third on the grid. After three laps the glory was over, however, Schumacher saved two championship points with breaking tires.
“I got off to a great start and took the lead before the first corner. Unfortunately, our tire wear was relatively high, so we didn’t achieve the hoped-for result,” summed up Schumacher: “We will try to improve tire management for tomorrow’s race . “
Schumacher plays in vain
But this did not succeed. From ninth on the grid, two thirds in Budapest two weeks ago, there was hardly any pressure on the long straights at Silverstone. Tire wear was already visible well before the sprint race on Sunday. During a safety car phase three laps before the end, the Prema team played poker, but a change to the faster tire no longer provided Schumacher with an advantage.
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In the Russian Nikita Masepin (Hitech) on Saturday and local hero Dan Ticktum (Dams), two drivers entered the Formula 2 winners’ list for the first time in the British motorsport Mecca. Mick Schumacher celebrated his only success in the Formula 1 substructure last summer in the sprint race in Budapest.
In the championship, Schumacher (41 points) dropped back to ninth, with his Prema teammate Robert Schwarzman (Russia / 81) remaining in the lead. Races nine and ten are scheduled for the coming weekend at Silverstone.