Mick Schumacher should have made his first free practice session in F1 on Friday, but the Nürburgring weather decided otherwise. While it looks likely that we will see the German behind the wheel before the end of the season, Frédéric Vasseur reveals that the decision on the 2021 drivers will certainly be made before the F2 driver does a run.
The Frenchman confirms that the decision will be taken in the coming month for the team "be relaxed about it for the last four events". Schumacher's run in FP1 should take place in Abu Dhabi, the scene of the last race of the season in mid-December.
"It's a shame for everyone, especially Mick" Vasseur continues about the German's abortive taxiing. “He was very involved, he came to the factory last week, he worked very hard with the engineers to prepare for FP1. It's a shame but at least he got something out of the preparation. I hope we can do something in the future. "
“In Portimão everyone will have to learn the track and it's not the best place to give FP1s, then there won't be EL1s in Imola, and we will go to Istanbul. But we have to discuss it with Antonio (Giovinazzi) because it won't be the most obvious place. Then after Schumacher runs in F2 in Bahrain. "
Vasseur relativizes the importance of performance during the first free practice sessions contested by the young drivers: “Honestly, it's not a question of lap time. When one driver leaves his car with another, the approach is to avoid accidents, so as not to damage the chances in FP2.”
"We ask them to stay calm, and we can't judge them on the lap time, that would be unfair. It's more about observing the approach, the way they get into the rhythm in FP1. , and what they are able to give to the team.
"If you talk about the pace, you have to trust what he does in F2, more than the times he will do in FP1. I'm not involved in his F2 team and as a team, the the only way we can judge him is by his attitude, by the relationship he establishes with the team, and by technical feedback. "