Nico Rosberg (left) is congratulated by the then 17-year-old Mick Schumacher on being honored as “Motorsportsman of the Year 2016”. archive image: picture alliance / ATP
06/22/2022, 14:5406/22/2022, 15:33
After a year and a half in Formula 1, Mick Schumacher is still waiting for his first world championship points. Most recently in Canada, he was able to secure a better starting position than ever before with sixth place, but on lap 20 his vehicle went on strike and Schumacher once again retired without a point.
However, those responsible at Team Haas are more bothered by the frequency of accidents than Schumacher’s persistent lack of points and the associated damage to the vehicle. Even before the race in Baku, team boss Günther Steiner emphasized that he expected fewer accidents in the future.
The crash in Monaco at the end of May tore Schumacher’s vehicle in two.Image: imago images / imago images
Nico Rosberg gives Schumacher hope
As has now become known, Steiner wanted to throw his German pilot out of the team before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, Ferrari, with whom Haas has a cooperation agreement, is said to have insisted that a cockpit continue to be occupied by hopeful Mick Schumacher.
Now ex-Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has joined his compatriot: In an interview with “Sport Bild” he put the current media hustle and bustle around the 23-year-old into perspective: “It was the first time that it became a bit more uncomfortable for him in terms of the media landscape. Last year it was peace, joy, pancakes. Unfortunately, in the life of an athlete, it’s always the case that things sometimes get more difficult.”
His tip to Schumacher: “Stay focused, accept suggestions for improvement and do what he can: drive a car. Mick only needs one moment of success and everything is forgotten. He has to work towards that.”
Rosberg does not find public criticism from Haas team boss Steiner helpful
The approach of Haas team boss Steiner finds Rosberg completely inappropriate. “It’s a challenge enough for a young racing driver to trust his skills again in a situation like this. You don’t need a team boss who stirs up the public.”he judged “Sport Bild”.
Haas team boss Günther Steiner has been demanding less damage to the car since the Grand Prix in AzerbaijanImage: HIGH TWO / HIGH TWO
Regardless of whether Schumacher continues to believe in himself and possibly collects his first championship points in the near future, seems cooperation with Haas beyond the end of the year unlikely: Steiner has probably finished with the German, meanwhile Schumacher would sit in a better car with any other racing team. Recently there was speculation as to whether Schumacher could inherit Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin.
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