The efficiency got here after it emerged that he received’t be a part of the Ferrari household subsequent 12 months, and is ready to be dropped by Haas.
Schumacher sailed by means of the primary two components of Zandvoort qualifying in 12th and ninth locations earlier than incomes eighth within the ultimate session, helped by a hydraulic downside maintaining Lance Stroll within the Aston Martin storage.
“Clearly we nonetheless have tomorrow [Sunday] in order that’s the place my focus is on now,” mentioned the German when requested by Autosport about his afternoon.
“However so far we had been fairly proud of the efficiency of right now. It was a field that we needed to tick, and we positively ticked it. So it’s a very good day right now.
“I really feel nice, the automotive is sweet, particularly on this monitor. We knew we’re going to be robust right here. And we needed to attempt to be robust right here, as a result of clearly we all know Monza goes to be a tricky one for us.
“So we’ve bought to attain the factors the place we are able to and take the whole lot onboard, in order that we compensate for the races which can be perhaps not working as we imagined them to be.”
Mick Schumacher, Haas F1 Workforce, within the storage
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Though he had felt robust all weekend, Schumacher admitted that he hadn’t anticipated to succeed in the highest 10.
“I simply had the actual like good confidence from the start within the automotive, the set-up did not want mainly any modifications. So we positively began on a very good foot.
“We had been fairly stunned to have the ability to get to Q3. I believe we noticed ourselves and a whole lot of groups noticed ourselves even out in Q1. For us personally, we noticed ourselves in Q2.
“So to outperform among the different opponents that seemingly had been sooner so far is a superb factor, particularly on this monitor, the place overtaking remains to be fairly troublesome. So very a lot wanting ahead to tomorrow.”
Relating to the race, he mentioned: “Future tempo did not appear too dangerous. I believe everyone’s going to wrestle a bit with tyre administration.
“It is clearly a excessive depth monitor for the tyres, particularly floor temperature appears to be concern at instances. I am simply excited to go racing and see what we are able to do.”