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.
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