Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said it was “quite frustrating” that the team had to change Mick Schumacher’s chassis again after he crashed during Japanese Grand Prix practice.
Schumacher spun nose-first into a barrier at Dunlop on his way back to the pits at the end of the session in the rain.
“It’s disappointing because we just went out to do a race start so we get data for Sunday,” Steiner told the official F1 channel, “then on the way to the race start Mick crashed the car, aquaplaned and crashed into the barrier and damaged the car quite heavily.
The accident prevented Schumacher from taking part in the second practice session, as the team decided to replace its chassis as a precaution.
“The whole front part is broken,” explained Steiner. “But we also have to change the chassis because we don’t know if there is a crack or not and you can’t take any risks with the chassis.
“There is nothing changed, except that maybe we could have been out in FP2 for 10 minutes, but that is not important. It is better to be 100% sure that the car is in good condition tomorrow. So we have to change the chassis and the whole front part and the front wing and the nose.
Haas has already changed Schumacher’s chassis twice this year following his heavy crashes in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and at the Monaco Grand Prix. Steiner admitted the damage costs were mounting for his team.
“This is the third time now that we have had potential damage to the chassis,” he acknowledged. “I say potential because we have to X-ray it and see if it’s cracked or not. But it’s quite frustrating.”
Schumacher’s car will be back on track for final testing tomorrow, Steiner confirmed.
“Tomorrow morning, the car will be there. The guys will have a late night but they will fix the car again and we have all the parts, no problem. So it will be there. »
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