Mick Schumacher has shown the doubters. With astonishing maturity, he scored his first points in Formula 1 in the chaos of Silverstone. This increases his chances in the upcoming contract poker.

Mick Schumacher hugged mentor Sebastian Vettel, mum Corinna gave out kisses in the paddock. Before the hurried flight home, the Formula 1 young star and his family gave free rein to their joy and relief over the longed-for first World Championship points. “I feel really great,” said the Haas driver and his permanent grin provided the proof. His grandiose recovery in Silverstone from penultimate to eighth place removes, at least for the time being, any residual doubts about Schumacher’s Formula 1 fitness and provides him with the best arguments for the contract negotiations that are soon to begin.

“We almost couldn’t believe what was happening”

Team boss Günther Steiner, who recently also attracted attention with public criticism of the 23-year-old, now sees one knot untied. “At least now hopefully some of the pressure is off and he can drive more freely,” said the Italian. Quite astonished, he had previously observed how ruthlessly Schumacher held his nerve in the British chaos. “We almost couldn’t believe what happened,” Steiner said.

“We are a team and we win and lose as a team.”

3507 days had passed since dad Michael scored the last Formula One points for the Schumacher family when he said goodbye in Brazil. Last season, Mick had to endure a hard year of training in a completely inferior car. Accidents, bad luck and mistakes by his crew had also prevented him from scoring points in recent months. “We are a team and we win and lose as a team. That has been my mentality since the beginning,” Schumacher said now. His father would hardly have put it differently.

In the 31st Grand Prix, patience and hard work paid off. In Silverstone it had again looked as if Schumacher’s team would let him down. After all, his mechanics had sloppily installed the steering before qualifying. “I don’t hold anything against the team, I tell the team that we will make it together,” Schumacher confirmed to Sky.

The German proved how great his self-confidence is despite all the setbacks shortly before the end of the race when he also took on world champion Max Verstappen. He didn’t manage to get past the damaged Red Bull in the last corner, but his family was still very happy. “Micki, I’m so proud of you. You did a great job, darling,” radioed mother Corinna. “For me, he’s the winner,” sister Gina wrote on Instagram to a video of her champagne assault on her brother.

Fellow countryman Vettel was also not at all angry that Schumacher had ice-coldly overtaken him on his 35th birthday. “I was really screaming in the car: Go, Mick,” the Aston Martin driver revealed. The Hessian had recently defended his idol’s son against criticism and has long been one of Schumacher’s advisors.

Schumacher’s chances of a longer future in Formula 1 are also increasing with the liberating blow at Silverstone. Even before the race, team owner Gene Haas had said that the racing team wanted to wait a little longer with talks about a new contract. The current contract expires at the end of the year. If Schumacher confirms his improvement in form in the three races until the summer break, the US team will hardly think about a separation.

Team boss Steiner, however, warned against raising expectations too high too quickly. “You mustn’t think that he always has to score points now,” said the 57-year-old. Schumacher, however, did not seem to have any problems with such expectations in Silverstone.