Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner expects the learning process for his two rookies, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, to take ‘a little while’. Steiner sees that the two are already learning and thinks that the team is at a ‘reasonable level’ for 2022.
Haas announced last year that it was parting ways with veterans Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and then going for two rookies this season. Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin can already prepare for the 2022 season this season, when the new technical rules come into effect. So far it has been a tough season for the two rookies, who mainly compete for nineteenth place. Although they cannot yet shine in the Haas, team boss Gunther Stein sees improvement in the two.
“You can see from the boys’ performance that they are learning, and that’s the most important thing,” Steiner told to Speedweek. “It was really nice that Mick was so close to Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying. That’s always encouraging. There aren’t many battles we can fight right now, so that’s always satisfying.”
“I think we’re getting better with every race and the goal is to prepare as best we can for next year, when hopefully we can fight for points again,” the team boss continued. Reaching the middle ground is also Schumacher’s hope, who according to Steiner, like Mazepin, has already learned a lot this season. “Both of them learn a lot and they would probably never admit it. But when you start in Formula 1, you think you know everything. Then a few races later you realize how little you knew when you started.”
“This learning process will take some time,” the Italian adds. “You are still so young and will continue to learn for a few more years. But at least they now know all the work processes and the entire team. We’ve always said we want drivers to stay with us for more than a year because it takes time to get used to everything, especially as a rookie in a championship. But I think we will be at a reasonable level with the drivers in 2022,” Steiner concludes.