Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has dropped all pretense and gone for the throat on Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, calling out the young driver for reckless driving.
Oh, that Carlos Sainz. The young Formula One driver that everyone wants to love, but can’t seem to get past his innate ability to send his car barreling into others. Although Sainz has had a tumultuous history with his crash record, it’s the young driver’s inability to admit to any wrongdoing that could threaten his career.
During every incident that Sainz has been involved in, he’s found a way to make a scapegoat out of another factor, or severely downplay his involvement in the incident. This time, however, things are different. After his contact during lap 1 at the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix with Haas’ Romain Grosjean – a crash that also saw Williams’ Felipe Massa crash out of the race – Sainz has been publicly called out by Haas principal Gunther Steiner for attempting to skirt responsibility once more.
When questioned after the race, Sainz believed the the crash was caused by improper and inadequate view angles on his car’s side mirrors. While such an explanation might have kept critics at bay, Haas team principal Gunther Steiner is having none of it:
“If he knew before they [the mirrors] were too small, they should have changed them. That is not our problem. If he has got too small mirrors, that is quite a dull excuse.
You can’t say, ‘Oh my mirrors are too small and I can’t see, but I keep on using them!’ It’s like if we give you glasses and you cannot see with them, but you keep using them, know you cannot see, and keep running into the wall!”
– Gunther Steiner
The excuse, no matter how minutely accurate it might be, does indeed fall to tatters under Steiner’s comments. At this point, Sainz should have just admitted that he made a mistake, taken the criticism, and moved on with his life. However, he seems pathologically incapable of admitting any sort of wrongdoing–remember when he blamed Lance Stroll for a collision in which he rammed into Stroll’s sidepod while exiting the pitlane in China. This lack of awareness really has the potential to grow into a highly malignant personality trait.
At the end of the day, every driver that shows up to the F1 Grand Prix is there to do two things: race, and win. Each and every one of them accept that mistakes and slip-ups occur from time to time; but a driver who can’t accept that he may indeed be the cause of said mistakes? A driver like that has a very truncated career outlook.