“His Thing to Rant in the Media” – Schumacher Takes a Dig at Mazepin’s Dangerous F1 Move

Published 09/05/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The Haas duo seems to be having problems in their rookie year. The teammates haven’t been on good terms after the qualifying incident with Sebastian Vettel on Sunday. It looks like the problems have only gotten worse after Nikita Mazepin made a questionable move on his teammate, Mick Schumacher, early on in the race.

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After some heavy firing across teammates on Saturday, the call for a ceasefire seems far from reality. While Mazepin had a decent race before having to retire, Schumacher doesn’t appreciate the risky move Mazepin made.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Nonetheless, Schumacher wished to solve the problem internally with a rather backhanded statement to the press. “Not correct from my point of view. But I think it’s his thing to rant in the media than mine. I stay out of it. I will discuss it internally with the team later.”

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Things seem to be far from cordial between the two teammates. As the stewards cleared the Haas teammates after Saturday’s incident, Mick doesn’t plan on taking Sunday’s problems to them. Instead, Mick said he doesn’t want to bring negativity into the team and will solve it internally.

As respectable as that is, having the two teammates clash with each other will only bring problems to the team – something that Haas cannot afford.

A lesson in synergy for Mick Schumacher & Nikita Mazepin

Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries shared the media pen with Will Buxton for post-race interviews. Discussing the vendetta between the two teammates, Nyck highlighted the importance of partnership between the two.

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Buxton pointed out that the two drivers refused to stand next to each other during the parade ahead of the race. Nyck discouraged the idea of fighting with your teammate, especially since the position doesn’t bring in points.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

“It’s a very unhealthy situation for a team like Haas. I think it’s even more so important to work together as a team to try to learn and take steps forward. And by fighting each other for a place at the back of the grid, I think it’s not changing anything.” Nyck also added that it should be more about the team interest than who finished ahead of whom.

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As Haas has a lot of work to do with their drivers, Mazepin and Schumacher have the week to cool off. The last race of the triple-header is at Monza, where one can’t expect any different from Haas, except maybe an improved sense of harmony.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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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