Mick Schumacher has compared his tire problems at the Hungarian Grand Prix to a “game of poker that we lost”.
The German was among a number of riders to fit the hard-compound Pirelli tire in Budapest and, like his rivals, Schumacher struggled to engage the rubber in cold weather.
It was expected that it would have taken a number of laps to generate heat, with Ferrari claiming Charles Leclerc would have been short of his rivals on the medium tires for at least 10 laps, although the duration longer tire life would eventually pay dividends at the end of the race.
But as Schumacher found out, that wasn’t the case and the German said: “After a reasonably good start and staying out of trouble we then had a decent run through the middle and were maybe just right. a bit slower than the Alfas that were expected, but once we switched to the C2 it just didn’t work.
“We decided quite early on to get rid of it and this medium tire lasted much better and performed much better.
“It was a kind of poker game that we lost.”
“[It was] harder than expected. We were hoping the C2 would work, but it didn’t, so I think in terms of strategy we may have bet on the wrong tyre.
Schumacher expects progress from Haas Spa
Haas was only able to produce one set of upgrades in time for Hungary and with Kevin Magnussen leading in the points, it was the Dane who got the use of those components.
Schumacher will receive his upgrades in Belgium after the summer break and he expects the car to be in a good operating window from day one, based on lessons from last weekend.
“I think we have a lot to look back and analyze to try to understand so that basically for Spa we know how the new package works, what we need in terms of setup and what we need to be quick,” added Schumacher.
“And I expect this package to work pretty well at Spa and if it does we will find out. [by] then for sure.
Additional reporting by Ian Parkes