Haas’ Confirmation of Bitter Teammates Mazepin & Schumacher Draws Mixed Reactions from Fans

Published 09/23/2021, 7:37 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 and Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


Haas F1 confirmed its driver lineup for 2022; continuing the journey with Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher. While the announcement was no surprise, the internet had mixed reactions to the lineup.

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The Haas rookies haven’t had the best start to their F1 careers as the team sits with 0 points to their name. However, with a year’s worth of experience and the new era on the horizon, will 2022 be kinder to the two drivers?

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With the announcement, F1 fans remain unsurprised, and some, disappointed. Few stated their disbelief with Mazepin, others were of the opinion that Schumacher deserved the pending Alfa Romeo seat.

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As usual, the Nikita Mazepin memes rolled in. As the Russian driver looks to continue racing for the team, fans look forward to the drama and entertainment.

Some even joked about the ongoing rivalry between the two teammates. As they spend another season together, will the brawl continue?

A better 2022 season for Haas

Jokes aside, many hoped for a better season for the American team. After what looks to be a point-less 2021 season, Haas remains on the bottom of the grid. Further, Mazepin and Schumacher continue to fight for the bottom two positions.

As their worst season nears its end, fans hoped that with the money and experience the team has banked in this season, 2022 will be brighter for Haas.

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Guenther Steiner looked for continuity with the team as they face the new 2022 season. Steiner is sure of improvements and so are the drivers. Mazepin shared his excitement about continuing with the team. ” To get the opportunity with Haas F1 team and grow together with them. I think we will come out strong next year.”

Mick Schumacher shared the sentiment; the new technical regulations give the driver something to hold on to. “I believe this is something that will bring us closer to the field in the 2022 season and we will be able to fight for points.”

As Haas gets ready for the next season, both drivers have the remainder of 2021 to gain all the experience they need. After that, it’s game time.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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