“Stay Out of the Walls, Barriers” – Steiner Issues Directive to Nikita Mazepin & Mick Schumacher for Monaco GP

Published 05/18/2021, 4:07 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


For Guenther Steiner, the Monaco Grand Prix poses an immense challenge. With Haas struggling to get off the back of the grid, the Italian seems set to endure another tough weekend in the office.

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The Haas team boss revealed what will be told to his drivers, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, ahead of free practice on Thursday. He also pointed out the approach they should have ahead of the prestigious weekend.

Guenther Steiner will keep his driver briefings short and simple

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With both his drivers starting a Grand Prix in F1 for only the fifth time, Steiner revealed the key point he will highlight in his driver briefings.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Italian said“Regarding the briefing – stay out of the walls and off the barriers. That’s what we’ll let them know.

“Once you’re in the barriers in Monaco, your session is lost. The challenge is big.”

Staying out of the walls is one of the biggest challenges in the Monaco Grand Prix. With a narrow track and 20 of the best drivers on the grid, keeping the car out of the wall often makes the difference here.

Steiner: There should be little pressure on the drivers

With both of them just 22 years old, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have a huge challenge on their hands. However, their challenge has often been against each other so far, with Schumacher finishing ahead of Mazepin.

Steiner thinks they shouldn’t bear a lot of pressure going into the races. Instead, they should use this weekend as a learning experience and use it when they drive a better car.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

The 56-year-old said, “There should be little pressure on the drivers there as we know our performance. They should be looking at the race just to gain experience so when they return with a better car they’ll have learned how to deal with Monaco – which is obviously a very special race in the Formula 1 calendar.”

With free practice on Thursday, Haas will look to get a better understanding of their car in Monaco. Although they have struggled throughout the season, anything can happen in street circuit races. Will good fortune shine upon the American team at the Monaco Grand Prix?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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