Guenther Steiner has hit back at Ralf Schumacher who critcised the Haas boss for being a “self-promoting person”.
Ralf, uncle of Mick, has frequently voiced his displeasure at seeing his family relative’s reported poor treatment at Haas and that opinion is unlikely to have changed with the confirmation that the young German would leave the team following the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP.
Schumacher has attacked Steiner, who he claims wants to be the biggest star at the team and told Sky Sports Germany that the 57-year-old Haas boss was a “self-promoting person”.
Steiner has responded directly to this criticism by denying that he is focused on getting all the attention but instead said his main objective is to help the team be successful.
“I try to do a good job,” Steiner told Sky Sports News.
“It’s not about attention, it’s not about my attention it’s about doing a good job. If people take attention off it, I cannot say, don’t look at me. I’m not doing it on purpose.
“I don’t think I need to defend myself here. Everybody can do and say what they want and I do what I think is best for the team and leave it at that.”
Mick Schumacher’s future in the sport has been brought into question with the 23-year-old facing at least a year on the sidelines as Nico Hulkenberg steps in to partner Kevin Magnussen.
Steiner has maintained he had no falling out with his soon-to-be former driver.
“No (fall out),” Steiner said. “With Mick, this is not an issue for me with Mick. I cleared that air very well with him and I know that it is not him. It has nothing to do with him.”
During the media rounds ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Steiner did elaborate on what his reasons were for letting Schumacher go and said it came down to experience.
“I think that the experience of multi-years in Formula 1 that never have been with another team than us,” Steiner told media, including PlanetF1, when asked what Schumacher was missing.
“So by Nico being seen [as a driver with] three or four teams before, experience [is key] and experience takes time to make, and in the moment, we don’t have time, because we want to move forward.
“We don’t want to be where we are. Now, we want to get better.
“It is not Mick’s fault that we are where we are and we only have ourselves to blame, but we need to come up again and there is a shorter way by taking a guy with a lot of experience, which has done this in multiple teams.”