‘Regardless of What Guenther Has Said…’- Mazepin Vows to Beat Mick Schumacher at Haas F1

Published 01/18/2021, 3:05 AM EST
Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing prepares for practice ahead of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Haas F1 will land on the 2021 grid with two rookie drivers, Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher. Both the drivers are making their Formula 1 debut as the team is looking to build a new team, hoping they’re revamped approach will help them rise in the standings.

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Mick Schumacher is coming to Formula 1 after a championship-winning season at Formula 2. Nikita Mazepin is aware that he faces significant competition in the young German. He also understands that he must come out on top of this battle with his teammate to warrant his promotion to F1.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Race winner Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing celebrates during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“You know when you get into F1 there is almost one shot at it, I believe, and it has never been a consideration of how that would be for me.”

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“I had this opportunity come up. We decided to take it on and, regardless of what Guenther has said, I would say that my job is to outperform my team-mate, as always, and do the best I can,” explained the Russian.

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The F1 community hasn’t given the Russian a warm welcome. He’s being called a paid driver, and even before his debut season kicks off, he landed himself in a major controversy. Thus, his first season with Haas is going to be really important; he needs to prove to the fans that he deserves his seat.

SCARPERIA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 11: Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is in doubt for 2021 Formula 1(Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

While Haas, Schumacher, and Mazepin all need to prove themselves to the world, team boss Guenther Steiner understands that the rookie drivers need time to grow. Thus, he will give them the chance to make mistakes and grow. However, Mazepin knows that the pressure is still massive.

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So the pressure is still there on my shoulders. I believe I am ready for F1 and I want to show it to the team first of all,” stated the Russian driver.

It is understandable that the two young Haas drivers will need some time to get used to the speed of F1. As Mick Schumacher will try his best to live up to the Schumacher legacy, Mazepin will want to justify his Formula 1 seat.

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Do you believe Mazepin will get the better of Schumacher or will the German successfully defeat his teammate?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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