Steiner says Schumacher's Suzuka F1 crash was "self-inflicted"

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says Mick Schumacher's crash during first Japanese GP practice was "self-inflicted", despite the German driver blaming spray from a car in front.

Steiner says Schumacher's Suzuka F1 crash was "self-inflicted"

The track rookie went off on his way back to the pits after conducting a practice start on the grid, badly damaging the front of the car.

The team opted to switch him to the spare chassis for Saturday, so he was obliged to miss the whole of FP2, costing him a valuable opportunity to log more miles.

Schumacher said that a combination of spray from the car ahead, a loss of tyre temperature from the practice start procedure and the mode he was in had all contributed to the crash.

Nevertheless, Steiner made his frustration clear after the German added to his 2022 tally of major accidents.

"There's nothing good in that crash," Steiner told Autosport. "At some stage you're a race car driver, and you know in spray you cannot see, and there was water before.

"I mean I'm not out there, I'm not telling you how difficult it is. This job is not easy, you know. But in the end it was self-inflicted.

"I mean yeah, there was spray, there was water, but we all know that."

Asked if he had given his driver a telling-off, Steiner said: "Sometimes less is more. I didn't speak with him. So less is more."

Schumacher, who is yet to secure a contract for 2023, believes the crash will not affect the American team's decision about his future.

"I would be surprised if such a criterion would affect my chances," he said. "The performance we've shown is there.

"We have been consistently actually in it, and we still have Saturday and Sunday, where we can hopefully keep up well. On Sunday, points are hopefully in it."

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Steiner confirmed that there was no obvious damage to the chassis and that it was changed as a precaution.

"We have to see, maybe we can even check it out here, do all that, but it was easier to make the decision to change it now, then we are done, and then we check it properly.

"We don't think there will be a lot of damage on it, if any, but we weren't sure, so if you don't know, you'd better do your best job to be sure that everything is okay.

"We need to inspect it properly, and if we inspect it properly and then find out it is cracked, then we are in a bind to change it for tomorrow.

"So we decided to change it. We have got one, then we check it calmly, and then we see what we are doing, and where we send it."

Read Also:

On a positive note, the Haas was quick in wet conditions, with Schumacher taking seventh in FP1 and believing that he could have been fourth but for traffic, and Kevin Magnussen earning fifth in FP2.

However, Steiner is keeping his feet on the ground ahead of what is expected to be a dry Saturday.

"I would not jump to any conclusion today, because it's changing conditions. You could be P1 here if you do the right thing at the right time.

"So that's not the objective, and I don't know what the other ones are doing. Obviously, you go out and test and try to do your best, but I don't think it shows in the classification what's gone on."

shares
comments
Friday favourite: The Renault F1 car that dazzled an FE racer-turned-team boss
Previous article

Friday favourite: The Renault F1 car that dazzled an FE racer-turned-team boss

Next article

Hamilton: No plans to quit F1 "any time soon" as Wolff predicts five more years

Hamilton: No plans to quit F1 "any time soon" as Wolff predicts five more years
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023
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