Kevin Magnussen has backed Haas teammate Mick Schumacher to come good in 2022, with the German currently struggling for form.
While Magnussen has 15 points to his name and sits 10th in the Drivers' Championship, Schumacher is yet to score since making his F1 debut in 2021.
The German has also blotted his copybook with two high-speed shunts, the first of which meant he had to sit out the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as his VF-22 could not be repaired in time to start the race.
Last time out in Monaco, Schumacher also had a dramatic crash, slamming into the barriers with such force that his VF-22 split in two, prompting a public rebuke from unhappy team boss Guenther Steiner.
Though Magnussen is the older and more experienced of the pair, the Dane said he did not feel the need to talk over the crash at length with Schumacher.
"I don't feel like I need to ask questions," Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"He knows what happened. There's no reason for me to dig any deeper.
"Of course, there's some support, but he knows that crashing is not what you [want] to do."
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Despite Schumacher's tough start to 2022, Magnussen backed his younger teammate to come good eventually, and drew parallels with former teammate Romain Grosjean's 2018 season, when the Frenchman recovered his form after having failed to score in the first eight races.
"Sometimes you get off on the wrong foot in the season, and with Romain, that was the case back then," Magnussen explained.
"I know myself that once you get the ball rolling, it becomes easier and you get momentum, so I think that's definitely what will happen [with Schumacher].
"Once he gets the ball rolling, he just needs to get that momentum and then he's going to be fine."
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