Schumacher Demands an Apology from Steiner for Hungarian GP F1 Crash Criticism

Published 08/03/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
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


It seemed like anything was possible at the Hungarian GP- even a Haas challenging a Red Bull. A less talked about driver at the race, Mick Schumacher, shone brightly at the Hungaroring. Following an FP3 crash, the German received some strong comments from his team principal. Schumacher surely proved him wrong with his powerful defense in the race.

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After the crash, Guenther Steiner criticized the irresponsibility of the young driver. Schumacher retaliated with a heated response, implying that the car was the problem. Even though he finished outside points, Schumacher fought with the big names of the sport and did a good job at it. As a result, Ralph Schumacher expects Guenther to apologize to the rookie.

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

Ralf said, “I just want to hope that his team boss, Guenther Steiner, apologized to Mick or quickly apologized. 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.” (Quotes translated from German using Google)

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An impressive drive by Mick Schumacher

Having missed qualifying, Schumacher Jr. started at the bottom of the grid. The events at turn 1, however, shot Schumacher up to the tenth place during the restart. In the points, the Haas rookie defended his position from the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. What was impressive was that he did this for ten laps.

In a track where overtaking is a tedious task, Verstappen tried multiple times to get ahead of the Haas. Schumacher didn’t give the championship contender any leeway as he drove confidently. Although he eventually lost the position, Schumi had a lot to learn from the experience.

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Impressed with himself, he said“I wasn’t anticipating being able to hold him off for so long, but I’m glad that I was able to and able to get the opportunity to fight with the top guys…I was fighting with Max twice on the road and was able to [increase] my experiences, in that case, feel the pressure and not crack under pressure.”

Schumacher, usually at the bottom of the grid with Mazepin, also out-performed Giovinazzi’s AlfaRomeo. The German heads to the summer break on a high. “I think it was a very, very positive day. Lots learned, lots to take away from here, and lots for everybody to look forward to in the summer break and coming back to Spa.”

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As the Haas driver familiarizes himself with the big league, one can only expect a slow rise to the top for Schumi. Mick has learned a lot in Hungary and will have a lot more experience in Belgium. Let’s hope we see more duels from the junior!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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