Haas’ Mick Schumacher has vowed to “always take the positives after suffering a first lap retirement at 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix.
Schumacher enjoyed a competitive weekend despite driving an underdeveloped Haas as he finished 16th in FP2 before benefitting from various grid penalties to start 14th which was his best grid position since achieving that same grid slot in last month’s Turkish GP Qualifying session.
A collision with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon at the opening corner however saw Schumacher’s race ended early with a broken rear suspension.
Explaining the incident from his perspective, Schumacher said: “I saw a lot of smoke and normally that isn’t a good sign. I didn’t want to be face-on so I decided to go to the middle and unfortunately there were already cars there and we all got bunched up, and I made contact with Esteban Ocon.”
Schumacher however was bullish about the incident as he brushed his collision off as something “unfortunate” that happens from time to time, as he knows from throughout his junior years and predicted that “it won’t be the last.”
The German though was optimistic after having enjoyed a weekend of learning the track and gathering data for next season, as he said: “I was looking forward to driving here and learning, next year hopefully we’ll have a better car and can attack more. We can always take positives.”
Nikita Mazepin meanwhile finished last of the 18 drivers who reached the checkered flag as he finished three laps down on race winner, Max Verstappen after having started 15th following several penalties for other drivers.
Mazepin though was pleased with his opening stint until a poor pit stop on Lap 14 saw him fall down the order, as he explained: “It was a very long race. We had a good start, we got through nicely and the first part of the race was going well.
“Then we decided to protect from Williams and unfortunately our pit stop was too slow – we just got done by them but I think we had the pace to probably keep them behind considering how hard it is to overtake on this track.
“Unfortunately it didn’t happen. I felt that as we had less downforce than we’d like it was really difficult to follow cars closely when you get overtaken by blue flags – after that it was a tough race.”