Mick Schumacher has improved his form and looks much better this season. He was often criticized last season, but he has no problem with that as long as things are based on facts. "People are kind of focused on building headlines, in a way," Schumacher told Motorsport.com in an interview ahead of the summer break.
"Yeah, I understand that people need to make money and they need to do some stuff. But on the other hand, also, I would appreciate if people would, you know, maybe take more time, to actually build up facts."
What is important is that his self-confidence is at its peak.
"I don't really reflect on those again, or go back to those," Schumacher said. "I know what I'm able to do. I know what I'm worth. So, my focus is really on that. I just try to do my best and normally, the best that I can do, should be enough to perform well, because it has been like that in Formula 2 and Formula 3.
And also Formula 4. "In each championship that I've competed in in junior categories, I was able to be the second or first. So I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to do that in Formula 1."
Accident and new thinking
Schumacher changed many things about himself after the accident in Monaco.
"I knew that I had to do something to improve my performance," Schumacher said. "I think I had to reflect on everything that had happened, but also on why I'm here in Formula 1. A big part of that is because I love the sport.
And so I kind of really just focused on that and said OK, look, I do this because I love it and if I don't want to do it, I don't have to do it. That really kind of just helped me to come back into a positive place.
Essentially, I also then managed to do a good job." He is satisfied with the progress his team has made. "I feel like we may have gotten lost a bit in the set-up at the beginning of the year," Schumacher explained.
"We kind of had to do a reset and then build it up from scratch again. Looking back on what we had in those races, compared to what we've achieved today in terms of setup, I think we're really, really happy."