Mick Schumacher took another step away from losing his place in Formula 1 thanks to a good performance in Austria.

Mick Schumacher took another step away from losing his place in Formula 1 thanks to a good performance in Austria.

As recently as a few weeks and even days ago, there was speculation that Haas was not happy with the prospect of another Ferrari– signed a contract for the difficult son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

However, Austria was the 23-year-old’s second consecutive point-scoring performance, bypassing his experienced team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

Just before the race, Magnussen said: “It’s hard when you’re the only one scoring points regularly.”

But after the weekends at Silverstone and now at the Red Bull Ring, the Dane admitted: “Mick has made a big step in the last two races.

“I’m happy for him and for the team,” Bild newspaper quoted him as saying.

“We are currently seventh in the World Team Championship and we want to go even better, and for that we need two riders who can finish in the points.”

As for Schumacher even passing him on the track, Magnussen, 29, said: “If he’s faster, there’s no reason to block him.

“I’m here to help the team, not to win the World Cup. I am not in that position.

“Hopefully one day I’ll get it, but I’m a team player and I’m happy with our double points. That’s why you didn’t see me blocking like a savage.’

Schumacher was even awarded the coveted “driver of the day” Formula 1.

“He’s strong in the fight,” Mika’s uncle Ralf said after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

“We’ve already seen it in Formula 2 and now in Formula 1 we see that he needs to train a bit too.

“Last year it was impossible because of the car, now it is possible. He does this admirably, defending strongly but fairly.

“Mistakes can always happen, but now he’s doing great,” added former F1 driver Schumacher, 47.

Mick even attracted more praise from the outside Mercedes the boss Toto Wolffamid rumors both Mercedes and Red Bull could be interested in poaching the young German from Ferrari’s junior program.

“Mick drove great, defended well and always has the athletic side,” Wolff said. “I’m glad to see it. Good young man.”

As for the new Haas contract for Schumacher, the team boss Gunter Steiner said he “never talks about it” at least before the traditional summer break.

However, he dismissed any talk of a long-term rift with Schumacher.

“Mick and I have a good relationship. There are no problems,” insisted Steiner.

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