The former racing driver Ralf Schumacher has criticized the team management of his employer Haas in view of his nephew Mick’s impending exit from Formula 1. Mick showed that he had potential, but you always had the feeling that the team and especially Günther Steiner were not satisfied with it, no matter what Mick did, the 47-year-old told the Sky TV station he works as an expert.
“The whole behavior cannot be explained by normal standards, it must be something personal. I don’t think Günther Steiner can handle the fact that someone else in the team is focusing on himself. He likes to be the one who is in the foreground,” criticized Ralf Schumacher, the team boss of the US racing team.
According to media reports, the contract of Mick Schumacher, son of Ralf’s brother and record world champion Michael Schumacher, which expires at the end of the season, will not be extended after two years. Instead of the 23-year-old, his compatriot Nico Hülkenberg (35) is to become the second Haas driver alongside the Dane Kevin Magnussen.
“I think if Haas wanted to choose Mick, they would have done it long ago,” said Ralf Schumacher. A decision is expected before the end of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.
Meanwhile, Ralf Schumacher did not leave a good hair on the team leadership of the Haas racing team. “You can’t call it human resource management. You have to motivate your employees,” said the former Formula 1 driver and six-time Grand Prix winner. His nephew Mick always had to read in the media that he wasn’t consistent enough.
“I would have been happy if Günther Steiner had asked himself whether they were actually good enough as a team. How many mistakes have they made? How often have you let your drivers down with their strategies?” said the 47-year-old, adding: “I have no reference to self-criticism there.”