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“Not possible” for Schumacher to continue the series of crashes in F1

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The German had a huge accident during the Monaco GP, wiping the gearbox in the back of his car, just weeks after an equally destructive crash during qualifying in Jeddah.

He also suffered damage when he collided with Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the Miami GP.

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The damaged chassis in Monaco is currently being repaired, while Schumacher lost the use of the gearbox which was torn off during the impact.

“It’s just not possible to go on like this,” Steiner said. “And he knows that. He also crashes into a wall at some point. That’s not healthy either.

“Obviously he wants to score points, and if you crash into the wall you don’t score points.

“He knows that, so it’s like putting the pressure on him and telling him you shouldn’t go crashing. I don’t do that. I never do that. Because I think they know they don’t. should not crash.

“So I think there’s a lot going on, but there’s no simple answer. We have to see how we move forward. There’s a lot of things we need to sort out now.”

He added: “It’s a sport that’s very competitive. And it’s easy to go a bit over your target, and you’ll do a lot of damage, especially on this circuit, like Monte Carlo, Jeddah, here, Montreal is some of that. another.” , Singapore, and he just needs to adapt not to do what was done in Monte Carlo.

“But it’s not me telling him five times to make it better, I think it makes it worse, because it’s like, I get that, and maybe you’ll get a backlash.”

Steiner said the crashes meant the team had already exceeded its damage allowance for the 2022 season.

“We exceeded that allowance, we exceeded it in Jeddah. We are ahead of the allowance, I would like to be ahead of the number of points we scored, but we are ahead of the accident allowance.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22 crash

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

But the team boss insisted he didn’t need to lecture Schumacher on the cost of damage as it was obvious it was not positive for the team.

“No, we talked about it, but I’m not going to explain to him how much or how I need to lead the team,” he said.

“He reads what you write, so he comes to me and asks me is it really that amount of money? I said, I don’t know, because I didn’t say it. So you it is an estimate, but yes, is that amount of money.”

Steiner pointed out that while big teams worry about the impact of crashes on the cost cap, with Haas the issue is what the team can spend on spares from suppliers Dallara and Ferrari.

“The budget cap is not the problem,” he said. “The budget is the problem, because we are not at the budget cap.

“So obviously that’s never a good thing to add, and the added problem we have now is just that the speed at which to make parts is getting harder and harder.

“And Dallara, they work day and night just so that we have spare parts here so we can go on. Money is always an issue because you have to pay, but actually the issue was having enough parts made because the production can do so many.

“You don’t have five molds for the fairings, you have one mold, and if you keep making them, it takes time. So that was a challenge, but Dallara is doing a really good job.

“As for the suspension, Ferrari helped us because we also lack suspension, because they can’t keep doing it. But otherwise, with the budget, just something else has to give, you don’t can’t keep spending the money you have ‘I don’t have.

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Steiner conceded it was difficult to equate crash damage with a potential impact on getting updates to the car.

“No, you can’t quantify it like that,” he said. “You just need to try to save money somewhere else and it’s not always that you don’t go straight from crash parts and upgrade parts it’s a mix of everything it’s not not as simple as that. So you just try to do your best and try to run for you to make your budget forecast.

“There’s not a single thing that has to be sacrificed. And we’re still at the start of the season, so you can always hope that you can save somewhere else, because we’re so early. But if you continue like this, you run out of time and money to save money.”

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