No Hungarian update for Mick Schumacher after early season crashes
Mick Schumacher will not have Haas’ Hungarian Grand Prix updates, with Guenther Steiner blaming this on the driver’s crashes early in the season.
Schumacher was involved in two big crashes in the first half of this championship, with the Haas driver destroying his VF-22 during qualifying at the Jeddah circuit and again at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The repair bill for both would be around $2 million.
And with F1 teams operating under a budget cap that has long-term consequences, consequences Schumacher will feel at the next race in Hungary.
Haas revealed that only Kevin Magnussen will have the upgraded VF-22, as Schumacher’s crashes cost the team time and money.
“We will hardly have spare parts for even one car,” said team boss Steiner. F1-Initiate. “We’ve had a lot of crashes this year so we’ve exhausted all of our gear.”
The 23-year-old, however, isn’t fazed at all.
“It’s good for me,” he said. “Budapest is a track that should actually suit us. So even without a new package, it can be fine there.
But while Haas could have delayed updating the car until after summer vacation, giving the team time to gather enough parts, Steiner says it’s imperative they get it working before vacations.
“At first they said we couldn’t do it until Spa, and everyone really insisted on having at least one set for Budapest so that we got data and then we could analyze it for when we We’ll start again after the break,” he explained.
“And then if it doesn’t work, we can always go back to what we had before, we have a good plan in place, well organized.”
There is also a chance that Schumacher will take an engine penalty in Hungary given he is on his third and final Ferrari power unit without a penalty.
But Steiner hopes to hold on.
“It is also due to an engine change. And I don’t know exactly when we’re going to do that,” he said.
“We have to check some things, but hopefully we can avoid doing it in Budapest. If we don’t have to do it, we’re not going to do it in Budapest.
“That I can’t say 100% because they have to look at that engine, what it looks like. But once we know that one, but the plan at the moment is to do it at Spa.
Haas’ points streak ended in Sunday’s French Grand Prix, with Kevin Magnussen retiring after colliding with Nicholas Latifi while Schumacher was thrown into a spin by Zhou Guanyu and couldn’t retrieve.
Starting 17th after losing his lap time in qualifying, the German says it was surprisingly difficult to overtake on Sunday.
“Tyre management today was more problematic than expected and the weekend was generally quite difficult,” said Schumacher. “Nevertheless, the last stint was not too bad.
“If we had started a little higher in the peloton, that might have been enough, but it was no longer possible to catch up because overtaking was difficult.”