Mick Schumacher’s patient points wait is over after the German driver secured an eighth-place finish at the British Grand Prix.
After originally starting the race from 19th on the grid, Schumacher took to the Silverstone Circuit for the second start in 16th place.
The only son of legendary F1 racer Michael Schumacher, Mick fought his way through the field and made the most of a late-race Safety Car to put for new Soft tyres ahead of the final laps.
From there he drove fearlessly and, after cutting past Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon, he fought a brave battle with childhood friend Max Verstappen that saw him almost pass the World Champion at the final corner.
“Woah… Yes!” he screamed into his team over the radio as he crossed the line. “Finally. I told you guys this was the week for me.
“You guys are brilliant, man. You guys are f*****g brilliant. Excuse my swearing… Prove them wrong and believe in yourself, that’s what I say to that.”
Schumacher: It’s time to focus on racing
With his wait over, Schumacher can now focus on elevating his performances without the cloud that was his failure to score points hanging over him.
Speaking after the race, he said: “We’re really happy. To come back from P19, I said we have the speed to go forwards and we definitely showed it.
“I’m happy now to focus on what’s really important and that’s the racing and the driving.”
Vettel, who has been a mentor to the younger Schumacher, was urging him on from just a few metres behind while watching the battle with Verstappen ahead.
But unfortunately, the younger German was unable to find a way passed thanks to some elbows-out defending from the World Champion.
“He tried to throw stones at me there, f*****g hell,” he joked.