Formula 1: Haas boss defends his dealings with Mick Schumacher

SCHUMACHER Mick F1 Team Haas with team boss von Haas STEINER Guenter FIA Formal 1 GP Holland 2022 on September 2nd, 2022 in Zandvoord *** SCHUMACHER Mick F1 Team Haas with team boss of Haas STEINER Guenter FIA F...

Mick Schumacher (right) drove for Günther Steiner’s racing team for two years.Image: www.imago-images.de / Laci Perenyi

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Philipp Kay Koppen

Mick Schumacher is out. Not only will the 23-year-old not start for Team Haas next year, the cockpits of all other Formula 1 teams have already been taken. Therefore, Schumacher’s last option is to keep warm as a reserve driver next year and hope for a cockpit for 2024.

But should that have been? Team Haas was bothered by the frequent accidents and the resulting repair costs for a long time, and Schumacher was never able to convince with two points in 43 races. Accordingly, the decision not to renew his contract is quite understandable.

#47 Mick Schumacher (DEU, Haas F1 Team), F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 3, 2022 in Silverstone, United Kingdom.  (Photo by HIGH TWO)

At Silverstone, Mick Schumacher finished in the points for the first time.Image: HIGH TWO

But Schumacher still enjoys a good reputation in Formula 1 – both because of his talent shown in Formula 3 and Formula 2, as well as because of his name and the associated marketing potential.

Especially with the racing teams in midfield, Schumacher could have been a candidate for the second cockpit. “He deserves a place on the starting grid and not as a test driver,” says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, for example.

Haas boss Steiner criticized for months of hesitation

Instead, Haas boss Günther Steiner took months to decide on a second driver. When Williams – and thus the last alternative for Mick – occupied his second cockpit in mid-October, Steiner was still demanding that Schumacher perform and be recommended for a new contract.

Günther Steiner has decided against further collaboration with Mick Schumacher.

Günther Steiner has decided against further collaboration with Mick Schumacher.Image: dpa / Sebastian Gollnow

Only a few days before the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Steiner committed himself to Nico Hulkenberg. Mick Schumacher was suddenly without a Formula 1 future. Haas boss Steiner is now also held responsible for this.

Since then, Steiner has been criticized, especially by German Formula 1 fans. “The separation is in no way understandable for me,” racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck recently emphasized to “Motor & Sport”.

“He doesn’t live behind the moon”: Steiner rejects criticism

In addition, many criticize the lack of public support for the pilot. “You can’t call it personnel management,” ex-F1 driver Ralf Schumacher said at “sky” clearly. “If one […] Of course, when you’re under so much pressure, you can’t drive freely.”

"sky"Expert Ralf Schumacher did not agree with his nephew's Haas-Aus.

“Sky” expert Ralf Schumacher did not agree with his nephew’s Haas-Aus.Image: APA / Erwin Scheriau

Steiner has now rejected the criticism of his handling of his pilot opposite “Sport Bild”.: “We haven’t played around for three months that we knew and didn’t tell him. We looked at what was best for us for a long time and took our time. That wasn’t delaying,” emphasizes Steiner.

At the same time, Schumacher should have seen it coming: “Of course he suspected something, he doesn’t live behind the moon,” Steiner explained to “Sport Bild”.

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