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F1 | Japanese GP | Steiner calls Schumacher’s crash a “self-inflicted” damage

After concluding the Singapore GP outside the top because of an incident with Russell, Schumacher has experienced yet a new crash during the first practice session in Suzuka.

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F1 | Japanese GP | Steiner calls Schumacher’s crash a “self-inflicted” damage
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Haas Formula 1 team principal Guenther Steiner, who is known for his straightforward opinions, has described Schumacher’s crash in opening practice at the Japanese Grand Prix as “self-inflicted”.

While he was returning to the pits at the end of FP1, Schumacher spun off, sliding through the gravel at the exit of Turn 7 and slamming into the barriers – causing significant damage to the front-end of the VF-22. The crash prevented him from attending FP2 while his team changed his chassis.

The timing of the crash isn’t good for Schumacher as he faces a fight to remain in F1 next year. The German’s contract hasn’t been renewed yet, and it is rumored that the American team will choose next year’s teammate for Kevin Magnussen between Schumacher and Aston Martin’s reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.

The crash might have been caused because Schumacher has pointed to the spray from Carlos Sainz in front.

“It was quite wet and unfortunately, we had an aquaplaning moment which ended up in us losing the rear,” said Schumacher.

“We’ve lost time and we’ve got to do a big job tomorrow, but the track is great, the car felt great today so hopefully we’re in a good position.

“Tomorrow should be dry so we’ll see what we can do from there.”

Team boss Steiner was visibly not happy with the situation – he conceded that the wet conditions in FP1 weren’t easy but pointed out that the drivers knew what to expect from that weather.

“The spray you can see, there was water before. I’m not out there driving telling you how difficult it is, but this job is not easy,” Steiner said.

“In the end, it was self-inflicted. Yeah, there was spray, there was water, but you know that.”

When asked if Steiner would issue his driver with a telling off, he replied: “No. Sometimes less is more. I did not speak with him.”

While Schumacher was in the pits, team-mate Magnussen was fifth fastest in FP2 but Steiner said it was important to not “jump to any conclusions today”.

The extra 30 minutes in FP2, allocated for testing of Pirelli’s prototype slick tyres that was not possible in the conditions, allowed the team to complete a set-up experiment on Magnussen’s car.

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