Even a pole position in F1 would not have saved Schumacher


The staff introduced on Thursday that Schumacher is not going to be retained for subsequent season and can be changed by Nico Hulkenberg.

Steiner insisted the ultimate resolution was made just lately, with Schumacher solely knowledgeable on Wednesday that he wouldn’t keep, and Hulkenberg signing his contract the identical day.

Requested by if the state of affairs may need been completely different had Schumacher, somewhat than team-mate Kevin Magnussen, taken pole at Interlagos final weekend, Steiner recommended that even that sort of efficiency wouldn’t have been sufficient.

“Nothing would have modified,” he stated. “As you may’t make that call in an emotional race or a qualifying consequence, that may be flawed, it may very well be flawed each methods.”

Steiner acknowledged that Schumacher’s collection of crashes earlier within the 12 months had not helped his trigger, however he harassed that there was an even bigger image.

“It is a part of it, however you may’t simply say, ‘Oh, he fell,’ which clearly wasn’t a very good factor,” he stated.

“I am not attempting to enhance now, however you may see how a lot affect his good outcomes had. It is that stability you should discover. One factor is excellent, when he completed in Austria and Silverstone, they have been superb outcomes.

“And then you definately had the dangerous stuff, the crashes. So it is a mixture of that. But it surely wasn’t one occasion as a lot because it appears to have triggered that, it is a mixture of issues and the most important factor goes ahead, we simply wish to construct the staff once more.”

He added: “Mick has improved rather a lot throughout the season. You all see, I need not say that.

Guenther Steiner, Group Principal, Haas F1

Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Photographs

“So it took us so lengthy, we did not make that call like individuals assume earlier than the summer time, it took us so lengthy to resolve what’s finest for the staff. He drove nicely in some races.”

Requested what Schumacher was lacking, Steiner stated: “I feel the expertise of a number of years in F1 and by no means having been with any staff apart from us.

“What Nico brings is he is been on three or 4 groups earlier than so he is received expertise and expertise takes time to accumulate and proper now we do not have time as a result of we wish to transfer on. We do not wish to be the place we’re proper now, We wish to be higher.”

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Steiner stated it was troublesome to say whether or not Schumacher had not lived as much as expectations.

“It is arduous to reply that one as a result of what is the expectation? Possibly we see issues within the staff now that we have to repair within the staff the place we will do higher with another person, let go of their efficiency and so forth. It is extra like we have to convey the staff, not simply the pilot.

“It is not Mick’s fault that we’re the place we’re. It is our personal fault, however we have to step up once more and there is a shorter route by taking a man with numerous expertise who’s executed that at quite a lot of groups who’ve been in related positions to those we’re in now. .”

Requested whether or not the 23-year-old deserved to discover a seat elsewhere, Steiner stated: “I am unable to decide whether or not he deserves it or not. I do not assume there is a seat subsequent 12 months until one thing very unusual occurs at Williams this weekend. .

“As deserving or not, who am I to guage that? I feel all of us must work for one thing, no person gave something away free of charge. I haven’t got seats. I do not like advising my colleagues, the opposite staff bosses, who deserve what they deserve. . I do not wish to be in that place.”