Steiner Warns Mazepin & Schumacher to ‘Keep Their Noses Clean’ in Sprint Race

Published 07/12/2021, 8:50 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


Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin aren’t having the best of times in their debut season in Formula One. Even though, Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, wants them to give it their all this season, he has suggested that both the rookies take it easy in the new spirit qualifying session at the British Grand Prix.

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Steiner has stated that the new format for the upcoming weekend at Silverstone is a learning curve for both the team as well as their rookie drivers; he is hoping to see a clean session and to see the drivers gain some experience.

Steiner hopes that both Schumacher and Mazepin play it safe at Silverstone

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As quoted by RaceFans, upon being asked about their game plan for the upcoming weekend, the Haas boss replied, “From our side, this year it’s all about learning.

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

“So running the race, having a few more race starts during the year because of sprint qualifying format will be an advantage [for] next year. On the sprint, I will tell them to keep their noses clean and keep the cars on the track,” Steiner concluded.

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Russian rookie is hoping to over the challenges in sprint qualifying

Nikita Mazepin has been struggling at the back of the grid ever since the season kicked off. He has never made out of the first round of qualifying this season, and so, he is hopeful that the new format set for Silverstone can change his fate in the sport.

He said, “I’m not sure what to expect from the Sprint Qualifying format. I think Formula 1 has kept the same format for quite a few years and it will be nice to get a new format to try out at Silverstone.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“With the current tyres you need to plan the amount of laps you’re going to be doing on them. Hopefully, we can push flat-out for the whole time as normally we do not get to do that. Potentially, every lap will be like a qualifying lap for that short period of time,” Mazepin concluded.

Do you think the odds will be in favor of the Schumacher and Mazepin for the upcoming weekend at the British GP? Or will they continue to struggle to make an impact on the grid? What are your predictions for the Russian driver? 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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