Despite showing some promising pace in the VF-22, Mick Schumacher will be disappointed to finish the Austria Sprint Race just outside of the points.
The Haas duo were initially pressuring Alpine's Esteban Ocon, but as the Sprint developed, it became clear Schumacher and Magnussen would be defending from Lewis Hamilton for P7 and P8.
Schumacher initially seemed faster than his experienced teammate but was soon forced on the defensive by Hamilton. Schumacher believes that he should have been let through by the team earlier:
"Well, I think that in some ways, I was quite a bit quicker."
He was then asked if he should have swapped positions with Magnussen:
"Yeah", he responded. Schumacher also revealed that trading places was discussed on team radio but ultimately not acted on.
Schumacher will look for clarification on the team's decision-making: "That's something I have to understand."
Whilst Haas will be pleased to have managed P7 and P9 finishes in the Sprint (taking home two crucial points), some could argue the American squad could have better handled the situation.
The race went reasonably for Haas, but it would be unwise for the team to overlook the fine margins that could have seen them improve their result.