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Guenther Steiner

Steiner agrees with Schumacher young driver claim

Mick Schumacher feels that young drivers don't get a fair crack at F1, and ex-boss Guenther Steiner agrees with his former driver.

Mick Schumacher
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Guenther Steiner has agreed with Mick Schumacher's assertion that young drivers don't get enough time in Formula 1 to establish themselves.

Steiner elected to drop Schumacher from Haas for 2023 after a two-year stay, believing Nico Hulkenberg offers greater experience in the midfield and in developing a car.

The late call meant Schumacher was unable to secure an alternative race seat for 2023, with a spell on the sidelines as third driver for Mercedes the most likely destination for the 2020 Formula 2 champion.

Steiner feels that while "two years is enough in racing", he agrees with Schumacher's general point.

Steiner on Schumacher claim

"I think he's right," Steiner told media including RacingNews365.com in Abu Dhabi, shortly after the decision was announced to drop Schumacher.

"In racing, two years is a pretty good time, but there is nothing before he jumped straight from Formula 2 to Formula 1 because there is no testing.

"As you can see, we've now got two drivers with experience because young drivers cannot really take risks [and we can't evaluate] them, like McLaren is doing with [Oscar] Piastri.

"But in the end, nobody knows how good he will be in an F1 car.

"He was very good in F3 and F2, but it is still a big step to perform.

"I wouldn't say it is a problem, but it is one of these things, how much do you want to risk?

"But that does mean, it's still a big step to perform. So obviously, I think it is a little bit of a, I wouldn't say a problem, is one of these things, how much risk you want to take with the car?'"

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