Michael Schumacher’s ‘presence’ would have made F1 staff Haas deal with his son Mick in another way, says his brother Ralf, after they axed the 24-year-old amid a ‘bullying’ storm and after repeated pricey crashes
- Mick Schumacher was axed by Haas after a disappointing 2022 season
- Haas staff principal Guenther Steiner has denied claims he bullied Schumacher
- Ralf believes Steiner would have acted in another way with Michael’s ‘presence’
Ralf Schumacher believes if his brother Michael had been current throughout Mick’s two seasons with Haas, then their staff principal Guenther Steiner ‘would have behaved in another way’.
The American outfit axed the son of the seven-time champion on the finish of final season after repeatedly pricey crashes and a ‘bullying’ storm – allegations that Steiner has since denied.
Steiner was caught in the latest season of Netflix‘s Drive to Survive calling Mick a ‘useless man strolling’ following a crash on the Monaco Grand Prix – amongst different feedback criticising his driving through the 2022 season.
Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since a life-changing snowboarding accident again in December 2013 on the French Alps which left him with mind injury.
Chatting with F1-Insider, Ralf believes Michael’s ‘presence’ would have modified Steiner’s behaviour.
Mick Schumacher (proper) was axed from Haas after repeatedly pricey crashes final season amid a ‘bullying’ storm involving staff principal Guenther Steiner (left)
Ralf Schumacher believes that if his brother Michael (pictured) – was current throughout his son Mick’s two seasons at Haas, that Steiner ‘would have behaved in another way’
He mentioned: ‘I believe it is a disgrace that it needed to come to this. I believe that as a seasoned man you do not deal with a youngster like that.
‘Everybody has to and may face up to stress in Components 1. However that was simply an excessive amount of.
‘And I additionally imagine – and this bothers me probably the most – that if my brother had been there, Steiner would usually have behaved in another way.
‘I simply assume Michael’s presence would have been sufficient.
‘However once more, everybody does it the best way they need. However Mick is after all household and you must perceive me: while you deal with my household like that, I do not prefer it, as Ralf Schumacher.’
Making his F1 debut in 2021, Mick acquired a lot of the plaudits as he comprehensively outperformed his team-mate Nikita Mazepin – although neither driver scored some extent.
Nevertheless, Mick struggled towards the extra skilled Kevin Magnussen final 12 months – scoring 12 factors in comparison with the Dane’s 25 – and the frequency of his crashes have been pricey for the staff.
A complete episode of the Drive to Survive collection was devoted to Steiner and American proprietor Gene Haas sacking the youthful Schumacher.
Steiner mentioned Mick Schumacher was a ‘useless man strolling’ in a scathing telephone name with staff boss Gene Haas after the 24-year-old’s crash through the Monaco Grand Prix
Ralf Schumacher believes Steiner’s criticism in direction of his nephew final season was ‘an excessive amount of’
Mick Schumacher had various pricey crashes and scored simply 12 factors final season in comparison with his way more skilled staff Kevin Magnussen who gained 25
After a crash throughout qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix final 12 months, Steiner mentioned: ‘We give him a 12 months to study – what does he do on the second day? He f***ing destroys the automotive, simply because the opposite man (Magnussen) is quicker.’
As previously reported, Steiner has denied bullying Mick, who was changed by the extra skilled Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season.
He claimed his criticism was spur-of-the-moment and that his extra reasonable interpretations of Mick’s driving talents have been left on the cutting-room ground for Netflix.
Since leaving Haas, Mick has been given the function of reserve driver at Mercedes, which means he may step up right into a race seat if Lewis Hamilton or George Russell are unable to compete on a weekend for any motive.