“Not on the Bad List” – Mazepin Insinuates Trouble for Mick Schumacher Amid F1 Feud

Published 09/09/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
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 conflict between the Haas duo has been making the rounds lately. The weekend at Zandvoort wasn’t the best for Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, as one thing piled on to another; both the drivers are now in some sort of vendetta. Mazepin opened up about what Steiner had to say about the situation, and things may not be as they seem.

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During the press conference leading up to the Italian GP, Mazepin addressed the situation at Haas. “Steiner spoke to me and Mick after holland. We discussed the rules of engagement again. I don’t want to say what we said to each other, but I can tell you I’m not on the bad list.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Steiner and Schumacher haven’t been on the best terms either; the boss and the driver have been having problems with the other’s comments. However, will the heat at Haas make things more difficult for Mick? With Mazepin implying that he is not in the wrong, Schumacher may want to make amends with his colleagues.

Steiner supports Nikita Mazepin

While neither driver has met Guenther Steiner’s expectations, it looks like Steiner is siding with Mazepin for this issue. After a heated exchange between drivers, Steiner spoke to the press in Holland.

With regard to the minor collision in Zandvoort, Steiner said: “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 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

The team principal made it clear: “The plan is to meet before Monza and to see what we need to do to avoid this in the future because it doesn’t help anybody. I tried to explain that one.” 

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While Mick hasn’t commented on the meeting yet, Mazepin’s insinuation rings loud and clear.

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)

It isn’t unusual for teammates to feud with each other; however, both the drivers are almost always fighting for P19. Therefore, they are ruining the prospects of good teamwork, for themselves and for the team as a whole.

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As the situation at Haas seems far from being solved, one can hope that the duo will remain cordial on track at Monza. With another round of sprint qualifying ahead, it could be anybody’s game.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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