Williams would open the door for 'brilliant' Schumacher


Williams boss Jost Capito has expressed his admiration for F1 rookie Mick Schumacher, and revealed that that he'd love to see the "brilliant" young German winning races one day with the British outfit.

Schumacher has acquitted himself well in his maiden season in F1 with Haas, despite a car that lingers at the back of the gird and provides few opportunities for its drivers to shine.

However, the 22-year-old has so far succeeded in outpacing teammate Nikita Mazepin on a consistent basis, both in qualifying and on race day, a basic but nevertheless important achievement.

Both Haas and Williams have confirmed their line-ups for 2022, with Schumacher and Mazepin set for a second season with the US outfit while Nicholas Latifi will be joined at Grove by F1 returnee Alex Albon.

Capito lavished praise on Schumacher and would welcome an opportunity to supply a winning car to the talented young gun.

"I have to say Mick is doing an excellent job," Capito told RTL.

"It’s only his first year in Formula 1 but how he’s handled things, how he’s handled the team and how he’s got them behind him is absolutely brilliant.

"He’s a driver to keep an eye on, he’s a nice guy and really deserves to be in a car he can win with.

"I’m confident that will happen. If that were a Williams, that would be even better!"

Alongside his obvious natural talent, Schumacher is a chip off the old block in terms of his work ethics, a young man who works hard to improve his skills and his team's performance.

Haas chief race engineer Ayao Komatsu has been impressed with Schumacher's commitment and approach during his rookie year in the sport, and his ability to be self-critical.

"I think Mick works really hard," said the Japanese engineer. "Whether he has a good weekend or bad weekend, he's really self-critical, in a good way. He's always looking for areas to improve.

"When he's talking about 'okay, I've done this wrong, I need to improve this', it doesn't actually depress him. It just gives him more extra motivation. So he's always looking at himself as well as other things he can influence.

"He also works really hard with his engineers, and they are motivated by Mick's attitude as well. So it works both ways."

Schumacher's campaign endured a few inevitable bumps, with crashes in Monaco and in France. But Komatsu insists the Haas driver listens and learns in the wake of a setback.

"Sometimes we sit down straight away, sometimes we talk about it a week later, or at the next event, but we never leave things unsaid or not looked at," said Komatsu.

"And he works very closely with his engineers, plus I work closely with him as well, in terms of the philosophy of how you approach the weekend, what we've done wrong, and what was the mindset for making certain things happen, either positive or negative.

"We try to put more positives together for the future weekends. So I can't really pinpoint one weekend where he made a step. I think he is just constantly looking for the improvements."

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