Steiner fed up with "too frequent and too heavy" Haas F1 crashes

Gunther Steiner says that Haas’s crashes are becoming “too frequent and too heavy” after another incident involving Mick Schumacher in final Formula 1 practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Steiner fed up with "too frequent and too heavy" Haas F1 crashes

Schumacher crashed heavily at Turn 11 during FP3 at the Hungaroring, leaving his Haas VF-21 car with significant damage that meant he ultimately took no part in qualifying.

It marked the second time Schumacher has missed qualifying this year after a crash in FP3, following an accident in Monaco at the end of May.

Schumacher also crashed in the opening part of qualifying for the French Grand Prix, meaning he could take no part in Q2 after securing the team’s best Saturday result of the year.

While Haas F1 team boss Steiner said there always had to be some “plan” for mistakes to happen with rookie drivers, he felt the team had “reached a point” where it had to minimise accidents for the rest of the season given the financial impact.

“Mick in the last five races had quite a few big ones,” Steiner said.

“If you have a spin or something like this, that happens. But these accidents are quite heavy. It's a lot of money, and for no good reason.

“So we have to work on it, to get better on that one. And, obviously, the budget is the budget, and you need to stick to it. You always have to have ideas how to get around it, when you have these accidents.

“At the moment, obviously we feel it, but we can still deal with it. But soon we will be in a position where it's like, yeah, we need to find new ways to overcome this. Because they're getting a little bit too frequent and too heavy.”

Damage to the car of Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Damage to the car of Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Schumacher’s team-mate, Nikita Mazepin, had a handful of incidents at the start of the year, but Steiner moved to credit the Russian for not making mistakes in recent races.

“We make too many mistakes, that is the problem - or I would say, in defence of Nikita, I shouldn't use the plural, because in the last races he behaved very well,” Steiner said.

“He did very well. He didn't do any damage or anything. And Mick, just the last races, we had some accidents, which we need to get better at.”

Read Also:

Steiner felt he needed to explain the balance of risk and reward on offer when chasing lap time, particularly in a practice session that doesn’t impact the end result in qualifying.

“From our side, we just have to make plans how we spend our money,” Steiner said.

“We know exactly what we are doing on parts and this, but to deal with the drivers, it’s mainly just maybe sitting down and explain the big picture again, that sometimes you need to take risk, but you take risk if there is opportunity.

“If there is no opportunity, I never take risks personally, because there's nothing to be gained.

“And I think at the moment, we know that there is not a lot to be gained, especially not in FP3, and we shouldn't take this risk in FP3.”

shares
comments

Related video

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more
Previous article

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Next article

Why Hamilton's Verstappen 'gamesmanship' wasn't an F1 rules breach

Why Hamilton's Verstappen 'gamesmanship' wasn't an F1 rules breach
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter Plus

When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Plus

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week and, although it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023