Mazepin Sees Michael Schumacher Traits in His Son Mick Schumacher – “An Honor”

Published 10/01/2021, 6:45 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)


After 8 long years, the initials MSC returned to the F1 grid this season. This time though, those initials are being carried by Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

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In his debut F1 season with Haas, the German lined up on the grid with Nikita Mazepin as his teammate. During the last few races, the pair faced flashpoints on the track on more than one occasion. However, in a recent appearance, Mazepin spoke highly of the 2020 F2 World Champion.

Nikita Mazepin feels proud to drive alongside Mick Schumacher

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Like Schumacher, Mazepin also made his F1 debut this season. The Russian driver produced flashes of brilliance, which often went unnoticed since the Haas drivers found themselves racing each other for a majority of this season.

The past few races saw Mazepin and Schumacher involved in incidents with each other. One of their most notable flashpoints occurred in Baku, when Schumacher complained about Mazepin’s sudden movement on the final straight which could have caused a major accident.

While the pair will race for Haas next year, Mazepin praised Schumacher in an interview with Bild. Along with referencing his lineage, the 22-year-old mentioned he felt a sense of pride when racing with him.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 28: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 and Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 stand on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

He said“He comes from a very talented family. The things that his father Michael was so good at can also be seen in Mick. It’s an honor to ride with him. I look exactly what he does well and try to do it even better.”

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The Russian also mentioned how their drive to be the best fuels them every day. He also mentioned how he wants to compete with his German teammate on every occasion.

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“Mick deserves 110 percent of his place in Formula 1,” said Mazepin. “As far as I know, there was no other option for him. The same is true for me. We’re both quick. I want to have duels with him. We motivate each other. I know I have to train to keep up with him because he does it every day. Nobody can relax, otherwise they would be left behind.”

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With seven races to go this season, the pair will hope to score their first F1 points to bring some joy to Haas. However, with next season bringing new technical regulations and Haas’ focus directed towards 2022, that could be easier said than done.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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