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Haas problems leave Schumacher with 'question marks' for qualifying

The German driver is already under pressure to perform following a series of comments made by his Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

Mick Schumacher says he is heading into qualifying at the perilous Baku City Circuit with "question marks" after another difficult day for the German on Friday. Through no fault of his own, Schumacher missed out on a huge chunk of valuable track time, all while the pressure on his shoulders continues to build. It comes after crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco have left him fighting for his future in the sport with team boss Guenther Steiner openly frustrated. But this time, only the team could be blamed when an early water leak brought Schumacher's FP1 session to an end before yet more problems in FP2 limited his time on track further.

Schumacher: I have 25 less laps than everybody else

When asked how much the setbacks will affect him heading into qualifying, at a stage of his young career where he is already under pressure not to crash, Schumacher told media including RacingNews365.com : "It affects me in the way that I have 25 laps less than everybody else which, on a street track like this and with these new cars, is very valuable, so that's not optimal. "FP2 was also far from optimal as we had a few issues here and there which meant less driving overall as well and you get into a position which leaves you with question marks going into Saturday." Steiner made clear ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend that another crash for Schumacher would result in a "serious chat" between driver and team about the youngster's future. He said: "At some stage, we run out of parts because we cannot keep making them. Even if you spent money, you can't physically do it."

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