Haas F1 Giving Mazepin and Schumacher ‘the Chance to Make Mistakes’ in 2021

Published 01/04/2021, 8:19 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The All American F1 team, Haas is changing their 2021 strategy as they focus on a young driver line up. The team will host Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher next season, hoping to strike the right balance between skill and finances within the team.

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Haas had a really difficult COVID-affected season. They finished 2018 in P5; however, they have since seen a significant decline in their performance. They finished the last two seasons in P9 position and managed only three points this season.

The American team is taking a gamble with two new drivers next season, and Guenther Steiner discussed their strategy.

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It was the right time to change the drivers, considering that 2021 will be a year of transition,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 New Haas’ driver Mick Schumacher tests the car during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

“And I’m confident. We start from a premise: to learn you have to act and we want to give Schumacher and Mazepin the chance to make mistakes. In 2022 there will be a change of regulation that will offer many opportunities,” Steiner explained.

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Steiner explains Haas F1’s young lineup decision

Haas has seen some financial constraints since the Rich energy saga. A younger driver lineup is easier on the team’s pocket and allows for a developing relationship. Moreover, Haas’ previous driver lineup was not working according to their expectations.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020 Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks the circuit with his team REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“Drivers are the primary asset of a team and we needed a shock. Young people are imposing themselves in F1: I am thinking of Leclerc who won races in the second season, of Norris who is doing very well.”

Haas F1 boss further explained. “Moreover, on a financial level, they cost much less and we prefer to invest money in the 2022 car rather than in the drivers.”

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As a Ferrari customer car, Haas has also experienced significant power unit struggles this season. The team does not expect a lot from next season. However, they hope that the drivers and the team will come back much stronger in 2022 and deliver better results.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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