Guenther Steiner says he doesn’t care if Mick Schumacher doesn’t speak to him

Recent public clashes between Guenther Steiner and Ralf Schumacher have clearly hurt the relationship between the pair.

The past two season in Formula 1 have proved tricky for Haas and the Schumacher family, as Mick Schumacher had a challenging time at the team.

Mick failed to live up to expectations at Haas and was dropped by the team at the end of the 2022 season in favour of Nico Hulkenberg. 

Throughout his time at the team, Mick crashed a number of times, costing the team valuable money, with Guenther Steiner revealing the expensive incidents were the reason for ending the German driver’s contract.

Ralf Schumacher repeatedly spoke out in defence of his nephew during the past two years, occasionally having harsh words for Steiner that went beyond on-track activities.

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At one point Ralf wrote on Instagram that Steiner would benefit from his new cosmetic cream, later deleting the post.

Ralf also argued that Steiner would have treated Mick better had his father been by his side in the paddock.

Since Mick left Haas, the relationship between the team and the Schumacher family appears to have soured further, as Steiner recently told “The relationship no longer exists and I don’t need a new one either.

“I choose my friends myself and who I want to talk to. That’s how I’ve always been and that’s how it will stay.

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“I don’t have a problem, I have to do my job. 

“I think the problem lies with someone else, not with me. That’s why I’m not worried about it and I don’t have to go there.”

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While Mick is still in the paddock, having joined Mercedes as a reserve driver, it appears he doesn’t have much communication with his old team.

“He’s at the other end in the pit lane now, so we see each other very rarely,” Steiner explained. 

“If he wants to talk to me: okay. If he doesn’t want to talk to me, it’s okay too. 

“I have to respect that and I’m okay with that,” he concluded.