Guenther Steiner says Haas’ crashes in Formula 1 this year are becoming “a little too frequent and too heavy.”
Haas opted to run two rookies in Formula 1 this year with reigning Formula 2 champion Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin joining the team.
The outfit has spent the first half of 2021 at the back amid its decision not to develop the VF-21.
Mazepin suffered a sizeable accident in the opening race in Bahrain and while both cars have reached the finish of each grand prix since, team-mate Schumacher has had several big offs.
Schumacher crashed out of FP3 in Monaco, leaving him unable to participate in qualifying, and then suffered damage during Q1 in France.
Schumacher had another accident in FP3 in Hungary and the damage could not be repaired in time to allow him to get out in Q1.
“You always plan with accidents, especially with rookie drivers, but I think we have reached a point now where we have to work on it to have less accidents for the rest of the season,” said Steiner.
“Mick, in the last five races, had quite a few big ones, if you a spin or something like this, that happens, but these accidents are quite heavy, it’s a lot of money and for no good reason, so have to work on it to get better on that.
“The budget is the budget and you need to stick to it. In the moment obviously we feel it but we can still deal with it but soon where we will be in a position where we need to find new ways to overcome this as they are getting a little too frequent and too heavy.”
Steiner added that “maybe we need to sit down with the drivers to explain the big picture, again, that sometimes you need to take risks if there is an opportunity.
“But, if there is no opportunity, I never take risks, as there is nothing to be gained.
“And at the moment we know there is not a lot to be gained, especially not in FP3, and we shouldn’t take this risk in FP3.”