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Schumacher: I sat crooked

Formula 1 rookie Mick Schumacher told reporters that he has been sitting askew in his car since the first race with Haas in March.The 22-year-old..

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Formula 1 rookie Mick Schumacher told reporters that he has been sitting askew in his car since the first race with Haas in March.

The 22-year-old German, son of the great Ferrari and seven-time F1 world champion Michael, told reporters that the problem was not a major problem, however.

“I’ve been sitting crooked since the beginning of the season,” said Schumacher before the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend in Austria. “For example, the seat is central, but I’m not straight.”

The German showed his compatriot and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who competes for Aston Martin, his seat after the French Grand Prix last weekend.

The former Ferrari driver Vettel is close to Schumacher and is a trusted friend of the family who, as an old hand in the paddock, is on hand with help and advice.

“We’ve talked about (the seat) before and I took the opportunity to show him,” said Schumacher, whose team has not yet scored a point this season and is bottom overall.

“I think he gave my mom the tip to maybe break it so I can get a new one sooner, but it didn’t happen in the end, so I still have the same seat for now.”

Vettel said there were always little things that could be improved and he was happy to help, although it was also a good thing that his advice was not heeded with three races on consecutive weekends and little time to find a new seat.

When asked why Haas hadn’t fixed the problem, Schumacher said it wasn’t a big deal: “It’s a small offset, I’m used to that, let’s say, also in the junior category. And to be fair, it doesn’t hurt me in any way while driving.

“Our main concern is to prepare everything for the weekend and to be prepared at this level and perhaps to focus on something else instead of wasting it on something that may not affect me at the moment,” explained the young Schumi. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)

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