Guenther Steiner Hits Back at Schumacher After He Points Out Mistakes in His Leadership

Published 08/06/2021, 1:36 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Mick Schumacher has been impressive so far in his rookie year in Formula 1 this season. The German has out-performed his teammate, Nikita Mazepin, in virtually every race so far.


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Unfortunately, during the last race before the summer breaks at Hungary, Schumacher crashed his Haas in FP3. And because of the damage his car sustained in that crash, he was forced to miss the qualifying session.

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner was understandably furious with the German, stating that drivers should be smart enough to know FP3 is not the right time to take risks.


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However, Mick’s uncle and former driver, Ralf Schumacher, was surprised by Steiner’s comment and explained that one should make these sorts of statements in the press after the driver’s permission.

And Steiner took offense.

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What did Guenther Steiner say?

Anyone would be furious with an outsider telling them how to do their job, and Steiner is no different.

He said, “I run things the way I do now. I’m not asking you or Ralf how to do my job. I do it their way. I just said it’s getting too much now and there have been a few unnecessary accidents.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“But what is certain is that I managed the team the way I wanted. If you’re not honest with yourself or your drivers, you’re definitely not going to be successful.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Hope Steiner apologizes to Mick Schumacher: Ralf Schumacher

Mick Schumacher started the Hungarian GP rock bottom of the grid. However, after the first lap mayhem, the German covered his lost ground and quickly made his way into the top 10 and was ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

The young German showcased massive resilience to hold both the title contenders for several laps. Eventually, Schumacher finished the race P13. However, Ralf Schumacher believes there’s plenty of positive to take from the race for Mick. Moreover, the German hopes that Steiner apologizes to his nephew after a solid performance in Budapest.


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“Mick Schumacher was significantly stronger than his teammate. He made no mistake under stress with Hamilton and Verstappen behind him. I just want to hope that his team boss Guenther Steiner apologized to Mick or quickly apologized,” wrote Ralf Schumacher in his post-race review for Sky Germany.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021. Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga.

“This public statement about his driver without having spoken to him beforehand is an absolute no-go and has nothing to do with driver management, especially among young people.”


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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.