Steiner’s stinging remarks after latest Schumacher crash

Both Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen retired from the Monaco Grand Prix.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner appeared in no mood to put his arm round Mick Schumacher’s shoulder after another disappointing day for the German.

Schumacher was out-qualified for the fifth time this season by Kevin Magnussen, but neither Haas made it to Q3.

However, the wet start to the race gave them optimism that they might yet score points, and Magnussen was involved in an exciting battle with Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly as he tried to pass the Finn while defending from the 25-year-old.

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Schumacher was a bit further down battling with the other Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu, but the American team’s race fell apart with a matter of laps.

Magnussen retired from the grand prix with a water leak just before the transition to Slicks, and Schumacher would later find the wall in a scary crash after losing the back end through the swimming pool chicane.

The crash means that the young German has gone 28 races without a point, colouring Steiner irritated by another repair bill.

“With Mick we obviously saw what happened,” he said in Haas’ race review.

“It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again. We need to see how we move forward from here.”

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The incident for the 23-year-old, coupled with the Dane’s water leak, meant that is simply was not Haas’ day in the Principality.

“It was a disappointing day today,” explained Steiner.

“Kevin’s car was really fast, we were just waiting for our opportunity to pass Bottas at the pit stop, either under or over cutting to get by him and chase the field. He could easily follow him.

“He then had an issue with a water leak on his ERS system.”

Magnussen believes that the car had sufficient pace to score points, and was enjoying his battle with Bottas and Gasly before he was forced to stop.

“I had a power unit issue of some sort,” he said after the race.

“We had to retire the car so when I got that issue that’s when Gasly got past, he couldn’t actually pass me!

“So I really think our pace was very good, we were on the full wet and on a dry line and still able to keep him behind.

“Bottas was right there and it would have been really exciting around the pit stop to see if we could have got past, I think we could.

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“So [it’s] unfortunate, no points today, even though we had the car to do it.

“Monaco is tough but I think again there’s nothing we can do about the engine failure or the engine issue.

“We did our part, got a good car on the track and we were in a position to score points.

“Of course, yesterday was disappointing but we knew we could fight today but we didn’t have the opportunity to do that and prove that.

“Anyway, we’re looking forward to the next race, the car is good so it’s always a pleasure going to a race weekend with this team and this car so [I’m] looking forward to it.”

Haas have now gone three races without scoring any points, with Magnussen’s score in Imola being their last top 10 appearance.