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In the round-up: Mick Schumacher says his Haas team increasingly feel competitive enough to avoid elimination in the first round of qualifying.

In brief

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.”

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