Mick Schumacher & Nikita Mazepin Differ Yet Again at Steiner’s ‘Reserve Driver’ Idea

Published 09/28/2021, 12:00 PM 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)


Prior to the Russian Grand Prix, Haas announced they will retain Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin as their drivers for next season. While they struggled to make an impact in terms of points, the American outfit’s announcement indicates they see the pair as the future of the team.

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However, this season is their first ever in F1. This means they aren’t as experienced as their competitors, which looks likely to be the case next year. Based on this, team principal Guenther Steiner mentioned the idea of having an experienced reserve driver in 2022. However, the Italian’s drivers had differing opinions on this idea.

Mick Schumacher disagrees with Guenther Steiner’s on reserve driver

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The German arrived in F1 this season after winning the 2020 F2 championship in comprehensive fashion with Prema Racing. Despite being a rookie this season, Schumacher believes the team doesn’t need an experienced reserve driver as Steiner suggested a few days back.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher on the starting grid before the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

He said“To be honest, I think we’re getting pretty much the best out of the car. I don’t think there’s a need for that. Especially when you know that reserve drivers can’t really drive much.

“Of course we don’t know what it would be like. But I think we’re doing our best, and a few qualifying sessions like in Sochi show that we are able to get the most out of the car.” (Quotes translated by Google)

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However, Mazepin supports Steiner’s idea

While Schumacher opposed it, his Russian teammate supported the idea. He admitted any help the team could get would ultimately prove substantial to their future.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin ahead of the Italian Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

The 22-year-old said, “I have never been asked this question (within the team; generally speaking). And I don’t think the drivers can choose it either.

“But if you asked me, I think that any help in the position we are in now is a good help. And yes, I would be very open to any solution. But I think Günther is the team boss and he has to make these decisions in the end. Not me. I’m too young for that.”

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During this season, Schumacher and Mazepin had a few flashpoints involving each other in their F1 debuts. And with the pair set to be teammates next year, one can only wonder where their relationship could end up going.

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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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