The Dutch Grand Prix went well for most F1 teams, but Guenther Steiner had a tougher weekend at Haas F1. The drivers of the American team were involved in multiple incidents during the race weekend in Zandvoort and Steiner seems to have to put out a fire between his F1 drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
During qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix, Haas F1 teammates Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin almost got involved in a major incident. Both F1 debutants of this season had no eyes for Sebastian Vettel, who was only just able to avoid the Haas F1 drivers in his Aston Martin car. That set the tone between the two Haas F1 teammates and on Sunday it was again hit between the two ruffs. At the start, Mazepin shot out of the starting blocks and passed his German teammate, who in turn wanted to hit back at the end of the first lap.
Mazepin did not like that and that is why the Russian decided to push Schumacher towards the pitlane when Schumacher tried to overtake him. Schumacher therefore had to hitch a ride and tried to settle behind his teammate, but that steering movement did not go according to plan. While lifting and steering, Schumacher hit Mazepin’s right rear wheel with his front wing, with the result that Schumacher had to come in to put a new front wing on his car.
“Unfortunately, I already experienced an incident with my teammate on the first lap of the race,” Schumacher begins his story to RacingNews365, among others . “That incident meant that I had to go inside because my front wing was too badly damaged. That early pit stop made my race more difficult and therefore I could have done better,” said Schumacher, who clearly blames his teammate for the incident. . “It’s okay to defend yourself, but to a certain level. I already passed him with my nose and then he pushed me out towards the pit wall.”
“I also don’t think I was the only driver he did that to during the race at Zandvoort . That’s why several people will look at the situation and I hope the incident will have consequences for the future.”
According to Schumacher, the moment during the race in the Netherlands showed that Mazepin still hadn’t put the qualifying incident behind him. “We didn’t really talk on Sunday before the race. If I look at the incident during the race, I think it’s clear how he feels about that situation, otherwise he wouldn’t have reacted that way in the race. hope we can get the situation resolved between the two of us because normally you talk about each other with respect. Now that’s hard to find.”