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F1: Schumacher vs. Mazepin team boss sees team duel relaxed

Schumi team boss sees team duel relaxed

An old Formula 1 rule is: the teammate is always the first opponent. This also applies to the two newcomers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin at Haas.

Mick Schumacher (21) against Nikita Mazepin (21): That can still be cheerful! Cult team boss Günther Steiner (55) from the American Haas F1 racing team must feel like the educator of two alpha puppies who have to learn to go for a walk together without biting their throats.
Because: Formula 1 has not yet driven a meter this season when his two rookies in the team are making plenty of headlines. The Russian Nikita Mazepin with a misogynistic video and powerful statements. Mick Schumacher because he is the son of legend Michael Schumacher (52) and also has his genes. One of them is to first beat the enemy in your own team, the stable mate. “That is exactly what he has to do first,” agrees Uncle Ralf Schumacher.

Alone: ​​Mazepin, just as fast and disrespectful in the car as with his words, does not want to be impressed by the big name of his teammate. “We’re not friends”, the Russian pours oil into the team duel fire at Match TV, “at most old acquaintances who have already driven karting together.” He also doesn’t care about the famous name of his teammate. “I’m not interested. His name gives him more power, but also puts more pressure on him. When I fold down my visor, I don’t think about it. “

Mick Schumacher with Haas team boss Günther Steiner

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One thing is certain: Mazepin is just as well prepared for the season as F2 champion and Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher. His father Dmitry, a Russian oligarch, paid millions to give his son a wealth of experience in his first season in the premier class. In 2019, for example, he financed a twelve-day test for his filius with two-year-old Mercedes Formula 1 racing cars – on six different racetracks and with Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon as a “driving instructor”.

“He has shown this year that he is very fast,” says Mick Schumacher of his new team-mate. “That he is very inquisitive, that he works hard on himself. I know him from 2013 and 2014. We are both very hungry and want to get started now. “

Steiner, however, sees no problem with all the ambition and competitiveness of his two “puppies”: “Competition stimulates business if it stays on the right track,” said the South Tyrolean at AUTO BILD Motorsport. “If things get out of hand, I’ll make clear announcements. Then it can get loud. But I don’t think that will be necessary. I trust both of them. “

Steiner relies on the learning process

Rather, he relies on a similar learning process that today’s Ferrari star Charles Leclerc went through in his first Formula 1 season at Sauber in 2018. Steiner: “In the first races he wasn’t faster than his team-mate. But then he learned extremely quickly. That’s what I especially expect from Mick. I am convinced that in the second half of the season we will have two drivers who know exactly how to do it. “
In the second year at Haas, results are needed. Steiner: “By 2022 they should be in a position to prove what they are capable of. Our job is to train them and build them a car with which they can show their skills. In order to then take their fate into their own hands. ”

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