Damon Hill says a “feisty” performance by Mick Schumacher in the Hungarian Grand Prix showcased the Haas rookie’s promising “strength and ability” in F1.
Chaotic circumstances at the Hungaroring produced some unexpected outcomes at various stages of the race, one of which left Schumacher dicing with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the better part of ten laps.
The Haas driver was up against the Dutchman’s damaged RB16B, but Hill was still impressed by Schumacher’s gritty drive in the first part of the race.
“Bit of a feisty driver is Mick, banging wheels with Max,” commented Hill on the F1 Nation podcast.
“Max gave him a bit of a biff coming out of Turn 3, moved over on him and he’d [Verstappen] already lost his bargeboard on the right-hand side.
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“Then he kind of gave Mick a bit of a nudge going into Turn 4, but Mick [was] putting up a very strong defense.
“With George Russell, I thought his move around the outside of Mick was incredibly brave. He gave no quarter at all. He [Mick] might be in a slower car, but he’s determined to fight so we’ll be keen to see how he develops.”