Mazepin and Mick Schumacher ‘Will Spin Again,’ Says Haas F1 Boss Steiner

Published 04/05/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The Haas team didn’t have the best of weekends at the season-opener in Bahrain. While Nikita Mazepin spun around the track and crashed in the opening laps, Mick Schumacher finished the race in 16th after going through a spin as well.

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The spin that ended Mazepin’s race wasn’t his first one that weekend. He spun during free practice and then again during Saturday’s qualifying session, disrupting other driver’s lap times.

Team principal Guenther Steiner believes that both their rookie drivers would have learned from their mistakes over the race weekend. He hopes they can achieve something better in Imola.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Haas boss knows his rookie drivers can do better

Guenther Steiner said, “I think when you fight they need to learn this fighting. I think both of them went on to the throttle too harsh. You know, and they then went on the kerb or something like this.”

He added, “And it’s just, you know, these cars are so powerful, and when the torque kicks in, you get a kick and you cannot recoup them anymore. So I think this is down to making the experience. I do not think that they will do that again.”

“They will spin again, but not in the way they did [in Bahrain]. This was a new experience, in a race, you know, trying to fight with other cars, and sometimes to be a little bit too optimistic,” Steiner concluded.

Steiner says Mazepin was too harsh over his failed debut in Bahrain

Mazepin’s critics weren’t the only ones coming after him for his spin. Steiner revealed that the Russian, too, was beating himself up over his failure.

He said, “Yeah, he was pretty beat up. I just said to him to keep his head up and keep ongoing. For sure it’s not ideal what happened, but it happened.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He added, “He was pushing, he wanted to push. His race on Sunday wasn’t long so he wasn’t over-motivated for a long time, because he only made it to Turn 3. For sure, he overdid it. But as I said before, he doesn’t feel great about it – the opposite, he feels bad about it.”

The American team will look to regain some confidence in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in a few weeks’ time. They hope their drivers have learned something from their first F1 weekend and will use those learnings to score some points for the championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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