Angry Mazepin turns on 'cheeky' team mate Schumacher

Both drivers had been summoned to stewards after qualifying for blocking Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel


REUTERS September 05, 2021

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Both drivers had been summoned to stewards after qualifying for blocking Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel within the first section, and had been ultimately cleared of wrongdoing

Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin accused Haas teammate Mick Schumacher of “cheeky” behaviour on the Dutch Grand Prix on September 4 and stated the German had proven his true nature by breaking an settlement.

Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari nice and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, prompt that the Russian was making a drama out of nothing and that he had been cleared to go Mazepin earlier than his closing run.

The spat was one other headache for staff boss Guenther Steiner, with Haas but to attain a degree this season.

Mick Schumacher is a protege of engine companion Ferrari whereas Mazepin’s billionaire businessman father is the staff’s title sponsor.

Both drivers had been summoned to stewards after qualifying for blocking Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel within the first section, and had been ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.

Mazepin had already publicly blamed his staff mate by then, nonetheless. “He overtook, backed me up, and put me into Seb. I’ll have a word with the team to see why that happened,” he instructed Sky Sports tv. Speaking to reporters later, the Russian felt Mick Schumacher had overturned a staff settlement and wrecked his qualifying lap “on purpose”.

“I know my place in the team. I’ve got a team boss and I am more than happy to follow the rules because I think it’s very important to be a team. One day the rules will play towards you, one day the rules will play against you,” he stated. “What I don’t like with people is when they are cheeky, fighting for P19 [19th place]. I think it just shows their true nature and I don’t tolerate that.”

Mick Schumacher, talking individually to reporters, recognised Mazepin was “quite vocal about things in the press.” Guenther Steiner stated it might not be the final time the drivers disagreed. “It’s difficult, especially this year with fighting at the back. Your only fight is with your team mate, in our case at the moment. So obviously it is a little bit more heated, because the only thing you can win is the team mates’ battle.”

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