Haas driver Mick Schumacher reflected on a tough United States Grand Prix, after finishing 15th on track at the team's home race. Schumacher's result was bumped to 14th after a post-race penalty for Fernando Alonso, following his airborne crash with Lance Stroll which left parts loose on his car. While the stewards deemed his car was dangerous and issued him with a post-race penalty after Haas lodged a protest of the result, Alpine will contest the penalty in a hearing on Thursday before the Mexican Grand Prix.
Debris from Alonso and Stroll crash hindered performance
But the knock-on effect from the contact between Stroll and Alonso left debris strewn across the circuit, notably a large chunk taking out Lando Norris' left wheel guard. Schumacher also picked up damage from the debris, which left the German feeling downbeat as it affected his performance for the rest of the race. "We picked up quite a bit of damage in the second stint,so when there was the crash it seems like there was a big piece [of debris] which some somehow flew into the car and broke big chunks off it," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "Then obviously the contact with [Nicholas] Latifi broken on top of it, so the car didn't didn't feel the same way and therefore the pace wasn't right anymore and everything kind of slipped away." With the second seat at Haas still yet to be decided for 2023, Schumacher still has three more opportunities in 2023 to prove his worth with the team. Speculation has grown in the last few weeks about whether Haas should opt for Nico Hulkenberg, with former F1 champion Damon Hill saying that it might be better for the team to go with a more experienced line-up for next season.