Up to 30 race starts without a point after retiring while inside the top-ten in Canada, Mick Schumacher says his time will come.
Qualifying a career-high P6 on a drying Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday, Schumacher dreamed of securing that elusive first World Championship point but it was not to be.
He lost two places on the start before recovering to run seventh, the under-fire German showing good pace.
Alas it came to nought as his VF-22 suffered a power unit issue, the driver retiring on lap 20 to hold down sixth place on the all-time list of most starts without a point.
“I’m here because I love the sport and love driving,” he said as per Motorsport.com.
“I want to earn what I’m fighting for but unfortunately we didn’t deserve it today. But I’m sure there will be more opportunities to come. At some point the tide will turn.”
“I feel like we built the cake but we just didn’t get to put the frosting on it.”
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) June 19, 2022
Schumacher revealed that team has yet to establish exactly which part of the power unit died on him.
“It’s an uncomfortable feeling because we had the pace to go P5, so it’s very annoying,” he told Sky Germany.
“MGU-K or MGU-H – one of those components is completely broken, which also caused this abrupt stop. We had to then stop the car because otherwise more would have broken down.”
Despite his point-less Sunday, Schumacher says there are still positives to be taken from the weekend.
“Qualifying in the rain was great, it was a lot of fun,” he said. “The pace was quite strong over the entire weekend.
“And being able to drive well in the race with constant pressure… we’ve already shown that that we have what it takes to drive for the points.”
His efforts earned him the praise of Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, Schumacher a member of the Scuderia’s driver academy.
“The weekend was positive,” said the Italian. “It was also positive on Saturday, as Mick showed. Now he just has to stay focused and concentrate, build more experience and self-confidence. He has improved.”
Haas failed to score a single point for the fifth race in a row, Kevin Magnussen P17 after having to pit for a new front wing after his was damaged in contact with Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap.
The Dane was shown the black and orange flag, forcing him to return to the pits for repairs.