Schumacher and Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin propped up the timesheets throughout qualifying for the Bahrain season-opener two weeks in the past, ending 19th and 20th respectively.
Haas opted towards vital growth for the VF-21 automotive, treating 2021 as a transition year in order to place focus on the new regulations coming in 2022.
Schumacher completed eight-tenths of a second adrift of a spot in Q2 in Bahrain, and was nearly four-tenths of a second slower than 18th-placed Sebastian Vettel.
However the German driver felt Haas’s qualifying efficiency was roughly what the group was anticipating on his debut race weekend.
“We should not say it was disappointing in any approach,” Schumacher mentioned when requested in regards to the hole to Q2 in Bahrain qualifying.
“I believe we managed it fairly properly. We had one clear lap. That is what we wished. We managed to be near what we imagined by way of tempo.
“Clearly we had a little bit of a deficit. I’m 95% proud of my lap. Clearly there’s nonetheless numerous issues that I can enhance and undoubtedly will probably be nonetheless engaged on them in the interim.
“For me, it’s about gaining that have after which hopefully all through be capable of change that right into a, properly, constant sample of enchancment from one session to the opposite.”
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, George Russell, Williams FW43B
Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
The 9 different F1 groups managed to get not less than one automotive by to Q2 in Bahrain, seven of which additionally had a driver characteristic in Q3.
Schumacher was however hopeful that Haas would be capable of problem and combat with different groups for Q2 berths all through the season.
“I’m optimistic in that sense, sure,” Schumacher mentioned.
“We will probably be engaged on ourselves. I will probably be engaged on myself so much. I see the motivation within the group, and I see no motive why we shouldn’t be optimistic that all through the season, we will even be – hopefully in some unspecified time in the future – in a position to enter Q2s.”
Schumacher’s optimism was echoed by Mazepin, who lamented a “very unhealthy” qualifying lap as he completed eight-tenths of a second off his team-mate after spinning at Flip 1 within the closing moments of Q1.
“I believe what he mentioned was right,” Mazepin mentioned when requested if he agreed with Schumacher’s Q2 perception.
“Then with regard to my lap on the market, clearly it was very unhealthy, as a result of I had this difficulty with the brakes and clearly I had just one try on the lap itself, which is annoying.
“However then it is crucial to take a look at the larger image. We knew that first qualifying and this yr was going to be relatively powerful.”