Mick Schumacher benefitting from Magnussen despite difficult start to season

The German has had a difficult start to his second season in Formula 1, finishing outside of the points in the races he's started

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Mick Schumacher insists he’s benefitting from Kevin Magnussen, despite being outshined by his new teammate in the early part of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

Schumacher is one of two drivers yet to score points in the opening four rounds of the season, whilst Magnussen has been making the most of the much-improved Haas and sits 10th in the F1 driver standings on 15 points.

Particularly since his crash during qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Schumacher appears to be lacking confidence but he’s trying to take the positives from being regularly beaten by Magnussen.

“He’s quite different in terms of driving style, which of course means more chances in the distribution of things that we can try out during practice,” Schumacher said, as per Motorsport-Magazin.

“We can then adapt as drivers and see what works best for us, and also see what they do other person to see if it’s better. Then we have the option to choose what’s best.”

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is seen arriving at 2022 Australian Grand Prix Circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Magnussen’s experience paying off

Magnussen has had a very positive return to F1, after replacing Nikita Mazepin at the last moment as the Russian lost his main sponsor Uralkali amid his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

For Magnussen, it provided an unexpected opportunity and he finished an impressive fifth at the season-opening Bahrain GP and has picked up further points in Jeddah and Imola.

The Haas driver says the car felt like riding a bike when he jumped into the car in Bahrain, but is now getting up to speed after four events.

“Everyone works together, everyone is open to each other,” said Magnussen. “I definitely try to use my experience to bring everything to the team.

“I certainly feel a certain responsibility because I’m the one with more experience.”

Nigel Chiu
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Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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