Mick Schumacher has said the pressure from Guenther Steiner has helped him earn points with him coming home in sixth in Austria.
The German finally ended his wait for world championship points last weekend at the British Grand Prix with him finishing in eighth place just behind Max Verstappen.
He went even better in the race in Austria this weekend, meanwhile, as he crossed the line in sixth and it might be fair to say he’s currently driving the best he ever has in Formula 1.
Certainly, he appears to be growing in confidence all the time and when asked by Sky’s Johnny Herbert whether recent comments from Guenther Steiner about being under pressure had spurred him on, Schumacher had this to say:
“As athletes you’re always after that pressure because that’s what’s going to light that candle under the bum to make you go quick! And it did in some ways. In Silverstone coming into the points was just what I needed to really set off fireworks in my case.”
Certainly, Mick seems to have embraced what Steiner had to say about some of the big crashes he had had earlier in the campaign and he is now delivering.
You can’t argue with the performances he’s had of late, with him also unlucky to be denied points by an issue with his car in Montreal before Silverstone.
Mick is driving well, and it’s clear he enjoyed the fight in Austria, too, with him saying:
“It was a lot of fun out there. We had to battle our way through which at times you don’t want but in this case it was great for experience and to really show what we were able to do out there.”
He’ll be looking to extend his points-scoring run in France in a couple of weeks.