Quite a good performance for Haas at the Turkish GP, as Mick Schumacher advanced into Q2 for the second time this season. Right at the end of the session the 22-year-old drove his VF-21 into a stunning last lap around Istanbul Park that secured him a spot in the top 15 who went through to the second part of Qualifying.
While last time in France he crashed and was unable to take part in Q2, this time around he had his runs and was P14 – as Sainz set no time because of his engine penalty - on Sunday’s starting grid.
Undoubtedly a remarkable achievement given how much Haas has been struggling, but was it his best weekend in Formula 1 so far?
"Up to the race, yeah. Maybe the race, no," replied Schumacher when asked by the media.
"Overall, I think we can be very happy about what we did. We were very close [to cars ahead] from the beginning, and it just seemed like the gaps to the other cars was a bit smaller than usual.”
A good Qualifying result that he couldn’t try to convert into a good finish, as he was hit by Fernando Alonso in the opening lap of the race. The Alpine, who had fell behind from P5 after being hit by Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri, hit Mick’s right-rear wheel causing his Haas to spin and fall down to P19. The stewards found Alonso responsible for the crash and had him serve a 5-second time penalty and lose two points from his superlicence.
"Those things happen, especially at those kind of corners. Unfortunately, this time it didn't work out, but we'll learn and move on," commented Schumacher.
Nonetheless it remains a positive weekend for the driver and the whole team to learn from.
"We can take massive amounts of positives from here and hopefully bring them to the rest of the season,” he concluded.
For Haas’ Team Principal Gunther Steiner, the brilliant qualifying session was a boost of confidence for the team as well, as it put up a good performance in the execution of the session.
"That was my personal greatest satisfaction, to see how the team executed," he said.
Even more considering the circumstances.
"Mick was very calm, his race engineer did a great job always staying calm. Especially having Ayao standing in as Nikita's race engineer, so there was no chief race engineer there and they all did a good job,” explained Steiner.
"Everybody did what they needed to do, the mechanics, I mean everyone just executed really well.”
The way the whole team has performed in the Turkish weekend has greatly impressed Steiner, who is now convinced that if Haas gets an improved car for the upcoming seasons they are in to score points in the future.
"That is what made me happy because I am happy now, we are ready. If we get a better car, the race team is ready to get some points."