Not as if They’re Fighting Lewis Hamilton: Steiner on ‘Dramatic’ Mazepin-Schumacher F1 Row

Published 06/25/2021, 7:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Haas have been struggling ever since the 2021 season has kicked off. With two new rookie drivers in the form of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, it is understandable that the American-owned team have been going through a rough patch.

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Team principal Guenther Steiner is well aware of this and feels that the row between his drivers is a bit dramatic, especially considering that they’re not involved in a high-stakes title fight.

Steiner feels that his drivers are “a bit dramatic” for a battle without Lewis Hamilton

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Talking about how the two drivers have gotten along after the Baku incident, Steiner said, “That was a bit dramatic. It isn’t as fun as made out too. But obviously, when you are at the back the only one you want to fight is your teammate. We would love to fight with Hamilton, but we cannot at the moment. We will have to wait a little before that.

“It wasn’t fun at the last race as it was made out of.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“Obviously, we looked into the car afterwards, you know I say as long they don’t run into each other, we should let them race a little bit otherwise it gets boring,” Steiner concluded.

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How did the Haas drivers do in Austria?

The first practice session of the Styrian Grand Prix is done and dusted, with Schumacher and Mazepin in the bottom half of the table in P18 & P20, respectively.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

However, just in a few hours’ time, FP2 will be held giving the drivers another chance to zip around the Red Bull Ring to set the fastest lap. The Haas duo will be looking to improve their time from FP1 as they prepare themselves for the next race of the season.

Do you think Schumacher or Mazepin will be able to finish in the points this time? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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