Last weekend´s Hungarian GP was not a positive one for Haas after with both Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen, who was driving the updated version of the car, finishing 14th and 16th.
Victims of a bad tyre strategy selection, the Haas drivers failed to score points and head into the summer break on a high note.
The hard tyre compound proved to be difficult to switch on in cold temperatures and left all the drivers who selected it struggling and out of pace.
A disappointed Schumacher explained that after a good start and a first good stint the changed onto Pirelli´s C2 did not pay off as expected.
“After a reasonably good start and staying out of trouble, we then had a decent stint on the medium and were maybe just a bit slower than the Alfas which was expected, but once we changed onto the C2 it just didn’t work out.”
According to Schumacher, the medium tyre worked better and choosing the hard compound was like losing a poker game after gambling on the wrong tyre.
“It was kind of a poker game that we lost. and it was tougher than we had expected. We had hoped that the C2 would work but it didn’t, so I think that maybe in terms of strategy we gambled on the wrong tyre.”
Schumacher is yet to sign a new contract extension and after the latest movements with Sebastian Vettel retiring at the end of the season and Fernando Alonso taking his seat for 2023 the young German was left with fewer options.
He needs strong results after the summer break and in Belgium he will receive the upgrades Magnussen already had in Hungary to be back in the fight.
The 23-year-old driver expects that by the time they arrive at Spa, lessons will have been learnt from Hungary.
“I think we have a lot to look back at and analyse to try and understand so that basically, for Spa, we know how the new package works, what we need in terms of set up and what we need to be quick. And I expect this package to work pretty well in Spa and if this is the case, we will know for sure.”