MONTREAL: Mick Schumacher and Zhou Guanyu took advantage of unpredictable wet conditions to deliver the best qualifying performances of their careers at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The German son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher qualified sixth for Haas alongside team-mate Kevin Magnussen, while China’s Zhou finished 10th for Alfa Romeo.
For Schumacher it will ease the pressure after a series of disappointing results as he tries to establish himself – and he admitted the wet conditions worked in his favour.
“The car handled well in these rainy conditions,” he said. “I found grip everywhere I put the car – which is obviously what I wanted, but unfortunately with my last set of tires that wasn’t the case.
“So far I’ve been very, very happy and that’s something I can build on.”
Like his father, who was an acclaimed master of wet conditions, Schumacher said he reveled in the rain.
“I always like racing in wet conditions and going fast and trying to find a limit.
“Especially in qualifying like this and on a track like this, there is great potential for the drivers to show what they can do, and I felt I was capable of doing that today. today.
“The race will be tough for sure, but we will do our best.”
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Zhou was delighted to have reached Q3 and shouted “Let’s go boys, let’s go” over his team’s radio.
His success made him the first Chinese driver to start a Grand Prix in the top ten.