Nikita Mazepin Strikes Back at Ralf Schumacher’s Harsh Criticism

Published 09/10/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The Schumacher- Mazepin rivalry seems to have made its way off the tracks. With Ralf Schumacher constantly standing up for his nephew at Haas, Nikita Mazepin has made another rival. While the battle between Mick and Nikita seems to be far from over, Ralf may have been caught in the crossfire.

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Ralf Schumacher had described Mazepin’s move as life-threatening. The former driver even went on to say that the sport has no place for Mazepin. Retaliating, Mazepin said, “There is a very fitting saying: ‘Opinions are like assh*les. Everyone has one.’ It just seems like he’s obviously protecting his family, and what can I say. If his family needs protection in Formula 1, then I’m more than happy to listen to those things.” [translated using Google]

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

Mazepin has been under Jenson Button and Ralf Schumacher’s radar. Mazepin thinks very little about what they have to say about him. “It is not right for current and former racing drivers to put themselves above the commissioners and say what should have been done. They don’t have any rights. At the same time, I respect the rules very much.”

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For Mazepin, it’s been a dramatic rookie year. However, the Russian is deaf to what others have to say about him as long as he is following the rules.

Notice: In a previously published version of this article, we quoted “Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one.” Nikita Mazepin were placed directly in the mouth. Mazepin hinted at the phrase but did not pronounce it in an outright manner. The mistake arose from a misleading transcription of the audio recording taken from the aforementioned source. We apologize for this.

Nikita Mazepin clashes with Shumacher family

The war finds its roots at the Dutch GP; although, the outburst between the teammates seems to be a build-up of many things. Team principal Guenther Steiner sat down with the rookies and found Mazepin blameless.

While Mazepin commented on Ralf protecting Mick Schumacher, the former Williams driver added fuel to the fire. In his column, Ralf wrote,” Steiner tends to take Mazepin’s defense. I can’t say exactly why that is, but maybe it is because the father invests a lot of money or even already owns shares.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Reducing Mazepin’s importance to his name, Ralf went on. “Exclusion of Nikita during the current season is not an alternative, because Mazepin brings a lot of money to the team. In my opinion, financial interests can be the only reason why the team boss keeps standing in front of Nikita.”

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Ralf Schumacher heavily criticizes the Russian’s performance, comparing it to Mick’s. “If you look at the Russian’s performance, this cannot be a reason in relation to Mick. In addition, the sympathy and marketing effect with Mick is the better… Nikita isn’t anywhere near Mick anyway.”

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As things continue to heat up at Haas, Monza awaits. Will the teammates have their final say on the track, or will the battle for P19 continue?

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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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