Haas planning to solve Schumacher’s “crooked” F1 seat for Hungary

Haas planning to solve Schumacher’s “crooked” F1 seat for Hungary

F1 rookie Schumacher revealed last month that he had been sitting in a crooked position since making his debut at the start of the year with Haas.

But it was not due to a problem with the seat, but because of Schumacher’s own body shape that has seen him face a similar scenario throughout his junior career.

Schumacher sought advice from four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel about the seat offset, while Haas only learned of the issue through his mother, Corinna, at Paul Ricard.

Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner revealed at Silverstone last week that plans are in place to get a new seat made up in time for the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend in a bid to fix things.

“We hope it is not crooked, the next one,” Steiner said.

“I actually spoke with Mick when we were in the factory on Tuesday, and we had a little laugh about it, because it came out so big, this crooked seat [story].

“For sure it will be ready for Hungary. If we make it on Monday, it will be ready for Hungary. But if it is crooked or not, I don’t know yet.

Mick Schumacher, Haas F1

Mick Schumacher, Haas F1

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

“The plan is to have a straight seat in Hungary.”

In order to make this happen, Schumacher said that the seat will have to be offset in order to make up for his own natural position.

“The seat is symmetrical, I’m not – and it took me only, well, long enough to find that out,” Schumacher said.

“But again, I think that fact is what we have to do is now we’ll have to do a crooked seat, so that I am central in the car.”

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Schumacher said in Austria last month that the seat offset was “small” and a “secondary concern” for the Haas team during his debut F1 season.

The German driver has outqualified team-mate Nikita Mazepin at all but one grand prix so far this year, and beaten him on-track in seven of the nine races they have both finished.

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