Setback for Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher is only ninth in the Formula 2 race at Silverstone. Does Mazepin senior buy the Haas racing team for his son?
But then the drama caused by his Prema team started. The Russian Nikita Mazepin (21) overtook Schumacher, who could not offer much resistance. In the 9th round they both came into the pits. But while the Russian then had no problems keeping his harder tire mixture chosen in the second stint at the performance level, the same tires broke down more and more with the German. In the end, he was barely able to save himself in ninth place. Particularly bitter: Eighth place would have been enough for pole position in the race tomorrow. Reason: In the shortened Sunday race, the first eight start from the main race on Saturday in reverse order.
Mick Schumacher is only ninth in the Formula 2 race at Silverstone
Schumacher had already guessed before the race: “The race will be a tire lottery,” he predicted, “the problem is to keep the mixture alive.” What he had no idea: that he and his Prema team pulled a rivet. An F2 insider about AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT: “It is extremely difficult to use the 18-inch Pirelli tires. The smallest differences in tire pressure can make the difference between Hero and Zero. The Prema team does not seem to be able to cope with it yet. Yes at the last race in Hungary you could see that at Mick Schumacher the tires gave up their spirits towards the end of the race. Since it was different with teammate Robert Shwartzman (20), it could be up to race engineer Schumacher. ”
For winner Mazepin, on the other hand, Formula 1 doors are opening more and more. His father Dmitry, a billion dollar Russian chemical tycoon, is said to have promised his son he would buy him into Formula 1 if he got the super license. For the Formula 1 driving license, 40 super license points from the past three years are required. So far, Mazepin junior was far from it. But with his second win in a row he is on the right track in his father’s Hitech team. The fourth place in the championship at the moment only needs one place. Reason: The first three of the overall ranking get the required 40 points.
AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT learned: Behind the scenes, father Mazepin is already having sales talks with the F1 team of the American Gene Haas. Haas should be ready for sale. The team is currently valued at 75 million euros.