Haas’ race engineer Ayao Komatsu has spoken about how Mick Schumacher’s actions in the course of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend weren’t “proper”.
Komatsu, chief race engineer for the Haas F1 staff, has spoken out about Schumacher’s strategy to the race weekend in Austria the place the German driver expressed unhappiness with how the staff had dealt with their technique.
Throughout dash qualifying on the Saturday, Schumacher was behind his team-mate Kevin Magnussen and appeared to have extra velocity as he requested a place swap. However staff orders weren’t forthcoming, with Schumacher staying cooped up behind Magnussen as he used DRS to defend towards Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
With Schumacher making an attempt to carry off Hamilton, he ultimately misplaced using DRS and the Mercedes driver acquired previous – which meant Schumacher completed ninth with Magnussen seventh.
Schumacher is at present with out a seat for 2023, with Haas dragging their heels over re-signing the 2020 Formulation 2 champion for an extra season.
Staff boss Guenther Steiner has labelled Schumacher “inconsistent” because the staff deliberate over whether or not to maintain him on, whereas Komatsu has spoken about how Schumacher’s Austrian weekend was one thing of a fake pas.
In an interview with Germany’s Motorsport-Whole, Komatsu hinted the post-sprint debrief had been fairly tense as Schumacher expressed his unhappiness.
“Mick was behind Kevin and that annoyed him,” Komatsu stated.
“His focus within the dash race wasn’t the appropriate one. We talked about that afterwards. We talked earlier than the dash race about how we might do it as a staff. However what he did after that wasn’t nice. And what he stated after that wasn’t nice both.”
Mick Schumacher “focusing an excessive amount of” on Kevin Magnussen
With Schumacher getting the skilled Magnussen as a team-mate for 2022, after being paired with fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin throughout 2021, Komatsu stated the younger German driver may be considerably single-minded in relation to how the opposite Haas automobile is faring.
“Typically Mick focuses an excessive amount of on his team-mate,” he stated.
“Then I say to him ‘look, Kevin actually likes that can assist you and he tells you issues he would by no means have instructed Romain [Grosjean] earlier than’.
“Then Mick thinks and realises crucial factor for the staff is to stand up within the Constructors’ Championship.
“I clarify it to him: ‘Mick, come on, you’re doing nicely, focus by yourself efficiency and never on this factor’. After which it’s high quality once more.
“It’s superb for Mick to have a longtime team-mate like Kevin. We didn’t know beforehand how good he’s. Then Kevin got here alongside and that gave us a reference. We predict that with our 2021 automobile we might have been protected towards Williams – we may have fought if we’d had Kevin again then. Mick would have benefited from that in his improvement.”
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