Guenther Steiner reasons his move of replacing Mick with Nico

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Guenther Steiner officially welcomed Nico Hulkenberg to the Haas team replacing Mick Schumacher from 2023.

Haas team dropped the last piece of the 2023 silly season. The team announced the signing of Nico Hulkenberg sacking Mick Schumacher. The news was somewhat expected for a long time.

Schumacher has linked away from the team on several occasions. Reports of Hulkenberg making a full-time return were also circulating for a couple of months now. So, this news was just expected to come out sooner or later.

However, the major question is why Haas chose Hulkenberg over Schumacher for the upcoming season.

It looks like it comes down to one field – ‘experience’. Hulkenberg is hugely more experienced than Schumacher and would bring better consistency to the team.

Guenther Steiner explains the sacking of Mick Schumacher

Guenther Steiner was talking to the media when the Italian-American was asked what Schumacher was missing. To this Steiner replied:

“I think that the experience of multi-years in Formula 1 that never have been with another team than us,”

Steiner told media.

“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.”

Crashes crashed Mick Schumacher out of F1?

Nico Hulkenberg has 180 race starts in F1 and has huge experience working with different teams. Further, our reports indicate that the costs were also a major reason behind the sacking of Schumacher. Schumacher was involved in various shunts this season that proved a little too costly to the team.

Steiner didn’t deny this either but ensured that this alone didn’t seal the fate of the German.

“It’s part of it, but you cannot just say, ‘Oh, he crashed’, obviously, which wasn’t good.

“I’m not trying to make it good now, but then you can see how much influence these very good results have, you know, it’s this balance, you need to find.

“One thing that was very good was when he finished in Austin and Silverstone, those were very good results. And then you had the bad things to catch us.

“So it’s a mix of it, but it was not one event, but it’s a combination of things.

“And the biggest thing is going forward is we just want to build up the team again.”

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