Mick Schumacher follows Formula 1 like an expert. © picturedesk.com / Erwin Scheriau
Ex-driver Ralf Schumacher has criticized his employer Haas’s team management in view of his nephew Mick’s impending end in Formula 1 – particularly South Tyrolean Günther Steiner.
November 15, 2022
Mick showed he had potential, but you always had the feeling that the team and especially Günther Steiner were not satisfied with it, whatever Mick did, the 47-year-old tells the TV channel skywhere he works as an expert.
“The whole behavior cannot be explained by normal standards, it must be something personal. I don’t think Günther Steiner can handle someone else in the team being busy with himself. He likes to be in the foreground,” criticized Ralf Schumacher, the team principal of the American racing team.
“He really likes being the one in the foreground.”
Ralf Schumacher about Gunther Steiner
According to media reports, the contract of Mick Schumacher, son of Ralf’s brother and record world champion Michael Schumacher, which expires at the end of the season, will not be renewed after two years. Instead of the 23-year-old, his compatriot Nico Hülkenberg (35) will become the second Haas driver next to the Danish Kevin Magnussen.
“I think if Haas had chosen Mick, they would have done it long ago,” said Ralf Schumacher. A decision is expected before the end of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.
Günther Steiner (left) talking to Mick Schumacher (right) © APA/afp/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
Meanwhile, Ralf Schumacher did not make a good figure for the team management of the Haas racing team. “You cannot call it human resource management. You have to motivate your employees,” said the former Formula 1 driver and six-time Grand Prix winner. His nephew Mick always had to read in the media that he was not consistent enough.
Schumacher lacks self-criticism
“I would have been happy if Günther Steiner had wondered if they were actually good enough as a team. How many mistakes have they made? How many times have you let your drivers down with their strategies?” said the 47-year-old, adding: “I have no reference to self-criticism.” Steiner, who is from Meran and is a trained motorsport engineer, is the team principal for eight years with Haas.