‘It will mean something if Schumacher beats Magnussen’

Michelle Foster
Mick Schumacher standing with Kevin Magnussen pre-season photo. Bahrain March 2022

Haas driver Mick Schumacher standing with his new team-mate Kevin Magnussen for F1's pre-season photo. Bahrain March 2022

Taking on the experienced Kevin Magnussen, Guenther Steiner says if Mick Schumacher gets the better of the Dane that “means something”.

This season Schumacher has a new team-mate, Magnussen returning to the Haas team.

Although Nikita Mazepin was signed to Haas for a second season, the Russian driver and his sponsor Uralkali in the mix for 2022, both were axed last Saturday as Haas cut with its Russian connections.

Four days later Haas announced that Magnussen, who had left the team after the 2020 season, had been signed as Mazepin’s replacement.

That means instead of fielding two drivers both in their second seasons, Haas will have one experienced man behind the wheel and that, Steiner says, is good for Schumacher.

“I think Mick is happy to have somebody to learn from and to have a benchmark,” he told Reuters. “We can see where he is and also he can improve.

“It’s a benefit for him as well because (he has) an experienced driver looking at data, (he will be) working with somebody who knows this car from driving very similar cars for six years. It’s very good.”

Magnussen raced for both McLaren and Renault before joining Haas for his first stint with the team in 2017.

His best result with the team were two P5s at the 2018 Bahrain and Austrian GPs.

He does, however, have one F1 podium to his name, P2 on his debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

Steiner says it would really “mean something” if Schumacher were able to get the better of the Dane.

“Absolutely,” Steiner said, “because if he beats Kevin, that means something.

“Competition is good to get better. It’s like in a business, competition is good.

“If you’re the only one it’s too easy almost and then you wake up one morning and you’re not around anymore.”


One person who will be happy that Schumacher has someone he can learn from is his uncle, Ralf Schumacher.

The former F1 driver recently told Sky Germany: “I can only wish for Mick that he gets someone with whom he can achieve even more together in the team, who above all fits into the team.”


Magnussen back at Haas

Haas made the decision to turn back to their former driver in very quick fashion.