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Steiner pinpoints moment of Schumacher improvement

Mick Schumacher's difficult start to the 2022 season resulted in public criticism from Haas team boss Guenther Steiner, but the German soon bounced back to score consecutive points finishes. Speaking exclusively to RacingNews365.com, Steiner reveals the moment when he saw a change in Schumacher's approach.

Guenther Steiner says the start of Mick Schumacher's upswing in form in 2022 can be pinpointed to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. After an error-strewn start to the year that included hefty crashes in Jeddah and Monaco, Schumacher's form has picked up in recent races. The German scored his first ever championship points with eighth place at the British Grand Prix, before following that up with a fine sixth place in Austria, when he battled for several laps with Lewis Hamilton. Speaking exclusively to RacingNews365.com , Steiner says the seeds for Schumacher's improved form were sown in Montreal, one race before his points finish at Silverstone. "After Monaco, I don't know if he took less risk, but I could see some change in Canada where he seemed to be more confident and more relaxed about things, not always trying to do more than was possible," Steiner told the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast to be broadcast on Tuesday, 9 August. "It's difficult to see in drivers; they put poker faces on, but I just could see in Canada, it felt a lot easier, and then the results came in Silverstone and Austria, which was good, so hopefully we can keep it like this. "We want Mick to succeed, because if Mick succeeds, we succeed, because he's part of the team."

Steiner stands by Monaco criticism

Schumacher's heavy Monaco shunt, in which his VF-22 split in two, was followed by Steiner publicly criticising the German for the frequency of his accidents. However, Steiner added that he had no regrets about publicly voicing his dissatisfaction with Schumacher, saying the Monaco crash was a result of taking unnecessary risks. "My reactions after Monte Carlo were quite direct, but I think that was the best way to do it, instead of saying, 'yeah, it's all good, there's not a problem'," said Steiner. "Everybody was quite [annoyed] about what happened, because it's not only the damage, it's also the risk. "You cannot take risks which are not worth taking; not for yourself, not for the budget and not for the car."

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