Formula One rookie Mick Schumacher has sat askew in his car since the first race with Haas in March, the German revealed Thursday.
The 22-year-old son of the great and seven-time Ferrari world champion Michael told reporters that the issue was not a major concern, however.
“I have been sitting in a crooked position since the start of the season,” he said at the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria. “Like, the seat is central but I’m not straight.”
The German was seen showing his place to compatriot and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who races for Aston Martin, after the French Grand Prix last weekend.
Former Ferrari driver Vettel is close to Schumacher and a trusted friend of the family, offering advice like a former paddock.
“We’ve talked about this (from the seat) before and I took the opportunity to show him that,” said Schumacher, whose side have yet to score a point this season and are last in the overall standings.
“I think he gave my mom the advice to maybe break it so that I buy a new one sooner, but that didn’t happen in the end, so I still have the same seat. for the time being.”
Vettel said there were always little things that could be improved upon and he was happy to help, although it was also a good thing his advice was not followed with three races on weekends. successive ends and little time to make a new seat.
When asked why Haas didn’t fix the problem, Schumacher replied that it wasn’t that bad.
“It’s a little bit of a shift, it’s something I’ve been used to, let’s say, also in the junior categories,” he explained. “And to be fair, it doesn’t hurt me driving.
“For us, it’s mostly about trying to get everything ready for the weekend and be prepared at that level and maybe focus on something else instead of wasting it on something that isn’t for me. may not be affecting at this time. “
(Report by Alan Baldwin in London, edited by Ed Osmond)