Schumacher: Dutch GP Q3 berth ticked a box amid F1 future uncertainity

Mick Schumacher says his run to eighth place on the grid for the Dutch Grand Prix ticked a box as he fights for his Formula 1 future.

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The performance came after it emerged that he won’t be part of the Ferrari family next year, and is set to be dropped by Haas.

Schumacher sailed through the first two parts of Zandvoort qualifying in 12th and ninth places before earning eighth in the final session, helped by a hydraulic problem keeping Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin garage.

“Obviously we still have tomorrow [Sunday] so that's where my focus is on now,” said the German when asked by Motorsport.com about his afternoon.

“But up to now we were quite happy with the performance of today. It was a box that we wanted to tick, and we definitely ticked it. So it’s a good day today.

“I feel great, the car is good, especially on this track. We knew we are going to be strong here. And we had to try to be strong here, because obviously we know Monza is going to be a tough one for us.

“So we’ve got to score the points where we can and take everything onboard, so that we compensate for the races that are maybe not working as we imagined them to be.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas F1 Team, in the garage

Mick Schumacher, Haas F1 Team, in the garage

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Although he had felt strong all weekend, Schumacher admitted that he hadn’t expected to reach the top 10.

“I just had the real like good confidence from the beginning in the car, the set-up didn't need basically any changes. So we definitely started on a good foot.

“We were quite surprised to be able to get to Q3. I think we saw ourselves and a lot of teams saw ourselves even out in Q1. For us personally, we saw ourselves in Q2.

“So to outperform some of the other competitors that seemingly were faster up to now is a great thing, especially on this track, where overtaking is still quite difficult. So very much looking forward to tomorrow.”

Regarding the race, he said: “Long run pace didn't seem too bad. I think everybody's going to struggle a bit with tyre management. 

"It's obviously a high intensity track for the tyres, especially surface temperature seems to be concern at times. I'm just excited to go racing and see what we can do.”

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