Mick Schumacher’s crash that ruled him out from taking part in second practice for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix was “self-inflicted”, says Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner.
After setting the seventh-fastest time in a rain-soaked FP1 at Suzuka, Schumacher crashed on his in-lap back to the pits at the Dunlop Curve.
The damage was severe enough to force the German to sit out the afternoon session while the team changed the chassis on his VF-22.
Schumacher blamed spray from Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari in front as a factor in his accident, which saw him aquaplane off the circuit in the difficult conditions.
“It was quite wet and unfortunately, we had an aquaplaning moment which ended up in us losing the rear,” said Schumacher, as quoted by The Race.
“We’ve lost time and we’ve got to do a big job tomorrow, but the track is great, the car felt great today so hopefully we’re in a good position.
“Tomorrow should be dry so we’ll see what we can do from there.”
While Steiner understood Schumacher’s view that the wet conditions were not easy, he was clear that drivers know driving in the rain poses greater risks.
“The spray you can see, there was water before. I’m not out there driving telling you how difficult it is, but this job is not easy,” Steiner said.
“In the end, it was self-inflicted. Yeah, there was spray, there was water, but you know that.”
Steiner was asked if he would have some stern words to say to Schumacher after his third major accident this season, to which he replied: “No. Sometimes less is more. I did not speak with him.”
Schumacher suffered two costly crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco earlier in the year that left him feeling the wrath of the team, as he fights to retain his seat alongside team-mate Kevin Magnussen for 2023.
Haas insists it is in no rush to confirm its second driver for next year, with Schumacher and Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg believed to be the two main contenders vying for drive.