Guenther Steiner claims Mick Schumacher cost Haas $2 million in crash damage during the 2022 Formula 1 season. In an extract of his new book Surviving to Drive the Haas Team Principal makes an honest assessment of some of the drivers, including Schumacher who he says cost the team $700,000 during his in-lap crash at last years Japanese Grand Prix. The crash happened during the first practice session in the tricky weather conditions, when Schumacher spun off at Turn 7 due to “huge aquaplaning” moment. “It happened on the foking in-lap,” exclaims Steiner in the book, according to T he Sunday Times . “On the in-lap! Sure, it was very wet out there on the track, but nobody else managed to write off a car while they were driving back to the pits. “How many people could we employ with $700,000? And I have to now find that money.” Schumacher had three big crashes in 2022, including in Saudi Arabia and Monaco. Steiner looses confidence in Schumacher Steiner continues to say that he lost his confidence in Schumacher after the crash, subsequently going on to replace him with Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 a month later. He continued: “We lose a car after five minutes and now have to build another. I cannot have a driver who I am not confident can take a car around safely on a slow lap. It’s just foking ridiculous.” Schumacher eventually took up a reserve driver role at Mercedes, who Toto Wolff believes could follow the same path back into an F1 seat as Nyck de Vries.
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