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Guenther Steiner

Why Haas ousted Schumacher: 'You can't beat up a dead horse'

Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, believes the German "saw the writing on the wall" towards the end of his career with the team.

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Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, has said that he did not enjoy replacing Mick Schumacher, but knew he had to make changes because "you can't beat up a dead horse."

Schumacher was ousted from the team last year in favour of the more experienced Nico Hulkenberg, following a spate of disappointing results and crashes.

Steiner said that it was "not a nice thing to do" when it came to deciding on whether to replace him in the team.

“I just sat down with him and explained that we needed to bring the team forward with an experienced driver. It is part of the job," he said in an interview with iNews.

"It is not a nice thing to do. I don’t enjoy it but you just have to be professional about it."

Steiner: Dealing with Schumacher 'not easy'

While Steiner says it was "not easy" to deal with Schumacher, he believes the German "saw the writing on the wall" when he became under pressure to deliver results.

“Dealing with a Schumacher is not easy, as you can imagine. He was grown up about it. He wasn’t happy. I would say he saw the writing on the wall. He is a clever kid.

"He had two years. We didn’t get where we wanted to and I had to make some changes. You cannot beat up a dead horse.”


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