Mick Schumacher’s Uncle Demands Steiner to Intervene in Mazepin Row – “Even If the Money… “

Published 09/06/2021, 12:34 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)


The Haas rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin don’t share a cordial relationship and once again they have proved it after the Haas duo were involved in yet another near-miss incident at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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This incident occurred a day after when the two drivers were engaged in a heart-stopping moment at the end of Q1. During the dying moments in Q1, Sebastian Vettel was preparing for his flying lap, but on the penultimate corner, Nikita Mazepin blocked the German. The Russian driver moving to the inside of his teammate, only to get in Vettel’s way.

A day later, during the main race, as soon as Mick Schumacher went to overtake his teammate, Nikita Mazepin maneuvered his car to the right that Schumacher almost drove into the pit wall.

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Meanwhile, Mick’s uncle and former driver, Ralf Schumacher, is critical of Nikita Mazepin and insists Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, needs to intervene between the rookie drivers.

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What did Ralf Schumacher say?

“This risk that [Mazepin] is taking does not suit his talent. He seems overwhelmed and frustrated. Guenther Steiner has to intervene. Even if the money [from Father Mazepin’s] is necessary, that cannot be the price that you endanger your team,” said Ralf Schumacher.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 and Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 look on as the prototype for the 2022 F1 season is unveiled during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“With this promotion, he has nothing to do with Formula 1. Such actions at high speeds are life-threatening. The team urgently needs to intervene,” added Ralf. (Quotes translated via Google)

Nikita Mazepin’s defense was not a nasty move: Guenther Steiner

Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, believes Nikita Mazepin was not at fault after the first lap controversy at the Dutch Grand Prix.

As quoted by Planet F1, when asked if the young Russian driver’s move was dangerous, Guenther Steiner replied: “I think you can always say it’s dangerous.”

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“You can avoid danger. I don’t think it was a nasty move, to be honest. I looked at this scenario and it takes always two to tango.”

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

“We had a meeting after our engineering debrief about it. We haven’t come to a conclusion. The plan is to meet before Monza and to see what we need to do to avoid this in future,” added Steiner.

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Can we witness Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher involving in yet another controversy in the near future? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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