Schumacher, who has reached Q2 twice this year at Paul Ricard and Istanbul, admitted is was “definitely frustrating” to have been unable to progress beyond the first round of qualifying, and miss out on extra running, on so many occasions during the season so far.
However he sees genuine progress from his team since the start of the year. “What’s great to see, for me and for the team really, is we’re getting more and more competitive,” he said.
“Now we’re very upset when we don’t make it to Q2. Especially after what gave us a lot of motivation in Turkey, we were hoping for something good also [in Austin]. We weren’t too far off it and I think that just confirms our our work.
“We can be happy and proud of what we’ve achieved with what we have. Obviously, I think most of our things and most of what we are working for is for next year and hopefully we’ll have the car next year to be consistently in Q2 and even hopefully consistently in Q3.”
"It’s going to be a busy start to the new year for IndyCar teams and engine manufacturers as the start of testing with the new-for-2023 hybrid 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 motors will coincide with the early rounds of the 2022 championship."
"I'm speaking with Mick (Schumacher), whose such a lovely lad and he's saying things like, 'I don't know everything, is there any way you can educate me?' And same with Lando (Norris). So I'm really proud of this next generation coming along, but we can still encourage them to be more invested and more understanding."
"There were times in my early career when I got into trouble and had to take a year out of motorsport, I don't like coming back to that, but it was a big character reflection for me, and it made me mature in a lot of ways."