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Haas race engineer Gary Gannon has lauded the detail Mick Schumacher brings in behind-the-scenes discussions, saying he takes it to “a new level”.

47 Mick Schumacher GER, Haas F1 Team, Guenther Steiner ITA, Haas F1 Team, F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 19, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. Photo by HOCH ZWEI Le Castellet France.

 

Gannon worked with Schumacher in the 2021 season and taught him elements of what he needs to know about Formula 1 while the young German took part in his rookie season at Haas.

 

 

He admitted Schumacher still has plenty to get used to as a driver but Gannon, former race engineer for both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at Haas, was full of praise for the youngster’s approach.

 

 

“I’ve learned a lot with my drivers over the years but Mick is so professional, calm and always so clear,” Gannon told Motorsport Magazin. “So it’s very easy to reflect that back to him and not let myself get stressed.

 

 

“Then when a situation arises like at Imola where he lost the front wing, or something like that, it helps.

 

“In the past, I’ve had situations where I had to try my best to cool down the emotions. Mick is very good at dealing with his emotions and is able to keep them under control.”

Gannon then discussed the notes drivers make to try and improve their on-track performance through a weekend, and he said Schumacher will often go above and beyond in how he approaches trying to get the most from his car.

“It’s a normal document all the drivers fill out for us,” Gannon elaborated on the track notes. “But the depth with which he provides us with information is at a new level because he wants to leave us with a clear picture of what he felt.

“It’s interesting with the drivers because sometimes they give feedback on the car straight away and then go away and only later do they reflect in more detail. Kevin did that a lot. He would leave and later say ‘actually, that’s my problem’.

“If Mick walks away after the briefing, he comes back later with this document after he has had more time to think about it.

“Sometimes it’s only then he realises that in a corner his real problem was a lack of stability at the entry even if he thought it was understeer before.

“That’s why it takes that depth to think it through in every little detail. That allows him to have a clearer understanding of the car and then he passes that on to us and we can make better set-up changes.”

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