Steiner won't try to 'micromanage' Haas rookies

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Haas team boss Guenter Steiner will obviously have a watchful eye on rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin this season, but the Italian has no intention of micromanaging the pair as it learns the ropes of F1.

Schumacher and Mazepin's fortunes were at opposite ends last month in Bahrain where they enjoyed their Grand Prix debut.

The German charger fulfilled Steiner's requirement that he bring his car to the checkered flag while his teammate was caught out after just a handful of corners at Sakhir and spun into retirement.

But Steiner is aware of just how steep of a climb his drivers are facing this season.

"It is quite a big challenge," he said ahead of this week's reprise at Imola. "Formula 1 is a very difficult sport, but we knew the challenge, therefore there’s no big surprise.

"We decided to do this, and we need to get through it. I just try to see it that the drivers feel comfortable – I don’t try to micromanage them.

"They have their engineers and they need to work with them on a day-to-day basis, or more accurately on an hour-to-hour basis, not with me."

Although Steiner will refrain from excessive supervision, the Haas boss will nevertheless be attentive to his drivers' approach to their work and processes.

"For sure though, in the beginning, I will be well-informed what is happening and try to see where I may need to intervene.

"I’m not doing the job myself; I’ve got good people working for the team which know how to do the job better than me.

"I just observe what is happening. If there’s a problem I’m there to ask what it is and then I see if I need to do something."

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