Gene Haas: Mick Schumacher must win points to stay at Haas F1 team

Haas F1 owner Gene Haas said for Mick Schumacher to keep his place in the Formula 1 team for the 2023 season he needs to win points to make up for the fortune he cost them in wrecked cars.

So far in his two seasons at the Haas team, Schumacher has only claimed 12 points which have all come in 2022 from 18 races.

The German has had a number of DNF's including a heavy crash at the Monaco Grand Prix, which saw his car split in two and cost far in excess of $1 million to fix, then another big crash at the Saudi Arabian GP costing the team another $1 million.

On Sunday, Gene Hass was asked by Planet Sport at the NASCAR race about Schumacher's future in the team, he replied: "We're just waiting. We need Mick to bring some points and we're trying to give him as much time as possible to see what he can do," Haas said.

"If he wants to stay with us, he's got to show us that he can score some more points. That's what we are waiting for."

Schumacher's teammate Kevin Magnussen has scored 22 points since his return to the team at the start of this season and has been confirmed as being part of the Haas team for the 2023 F1 season.

The Haas owner added that if the ideal F1 diver was not used by teams it could end up costing millions of dollars.

"In this sport, being kind of a rookie driver, the sport just doesn't allow it - it's just too expensive," Haas said. "If you make any mistakes in driver selection, or strategy, or tire selection, it is costing you millions of dollars.

"I think Mick has got a lot of potential, but you know he costs a fortune and he's wrecked a lot of cars that have cost us a lot of money that we just don't have. Now, if you bring us some points, and you are (Max) Verstappen and you wreck cars, we'll deal with it.

"But when you are in the back and you wreck cars, that's very difficult," he added.

Haas said what Schumacher needed to do was get points to stay: "Well, if he wins the next one, he's in. Somewhere in between there is a grey area."

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