1996 champ Damon Hill said that sometimes “staring into the abyss” can help a Formula 1 driver, Mick Schumacher being an example.

Schumacher’s struggle for form in 2022 was beginning to create doubts over his future in Formula 1, his own team boss Guenther Steiner a key supplier of pressure on his Haas driver.

But the 23-year-old now appears to have made a marked improvement, finishing P8 at Silverstone to score points in Formula 1 for the first time, before following that up with a P6 in Austria.

Hill said that when a driver goes through such struggles, it can quickly dawn on them that their Formula 1 career is on the line and thus trigger an improvement.

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