Mick Schumacher has hit a rich vein of form after taking his third victory in as many rounds at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Saturday, with the German one of the form drivers in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship heading into the final stretch of races.
The Prema Theodore Racing driver took pole position for the opening race at the Italian circuit and was able to maintain his lead at the start, a lead he was never under real pressure to relinquish thereafter as he led team-mates Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman to the line for a 1-2-3 finish.
“The potential has always been there, but initially, we weren’t able to make full use of it,” said Schumacher, who won races at both Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone before his Misano triumph. “Since Spa-Francorchamps, however, things have been going pretty well and I am happy that I am now also able to show what I can achieve in the races.
“Today, I was able to pull a gap at the start and on the first lap and then I tried to manage it.”
Schumacher was able to add a third-place finish in race two having started sixth but admitted he was too cautious as he underestimated the grip levels of the track after rain before hand left the Misano track damp in places. He ultimately could not better the bottom step of the podium behind Alex Palou and race winner Jüri Vips.
“I had expected the track to be more slippery than it actually was,” said the German. “Therefore, I was very cautious, probably even a little bit too cautious. After that, I then tried to work my way up again.
“Towards the end, I had closed the gap to Jüri and Alex, but there wasn’t enough time left to start an attack. I am still happy with third place.”
Schumacher ended the weekend with a fifth-place finish in the wet race three and now sits fourth in the championship standings on 186 points, thirty-six points behind Daniel Ticktum.
“In race 3, we scored good points in really tricky conditions,” said Schumacher. “We showed great consistency and we look forward to keeping this momentum.”