Mick Schumacher’s Uncle Wants Nikita Mazepin to Leave F1 for His Nephew’s Sake

Published 12/20/2021, 11:50 AM EST
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)


Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher recently suggested that Haas driver Nikita Mazepin should find an alternative to driving in F1. The 22-year-old Russian concluded his rookie season. The US-based team had a disastrous season as they ended up at the last spot in the constructors’ standings.

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The two Haas pilots could not manage any points finish in the 22-race calendar. Mazepin held an upsetting record of being the only driver with no Q2 appearance this season. On the other hand, Mick Schumacher managed to put up some impressive close battles in the midfield but mostly ended up ceding his ground to big players.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The F1 pundits believe Haas did not have a competitive car this season. However, Ralf Schumacher is of the opinion that the lack of experience of Mazepin is holding back his nephew from performing at the topmost level.

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Schumacher advises Nikita Mazepin to leave F1

Mick Schumacher won the top F1 feeder series in 2020 before announcing his arrival at the top level. He is expected to be the next big thing in F1. However, his rookie season did not give many hints that he could make it big at the top level soon.

In a recent interview, 6 Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher went all guns blazing at Mick’s F1 teammate. He understands the pressure of Michael Schumacher‘s name around in F1, but he still believes that an experienced pilot would help the young German in his growth as a racer.

“I think Mazepin was definitely a good driver in F2, but this year his development has gone in the wrong direction and he really should do something else … He doesn’t have to be an F1 driver,” said Ralf as reported by Motorsport.

“Mick needs someone to help him. Who can work with him to help the team, and then Mick wouldn’t be in such a desperate situation,” he concluded.

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The German has been a part of this sport for the last two decades in different capacities. Currently, he voices his opinions as a regular guest in TV broadcasts in Germany. Schumacher is not the only one with this opinion; former driver Felipe Massa has also spoken on similar lines in the past.

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The Haas driver line-up will be the same for the 2022 season as well. Fans would hope to see a better competition from the Kannapolis-based team the next season. Tell us where do you think the Haas F1 team will finish next season.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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