Nikita Mazepin repeatedly causes criticism with dangerous actions on the track. Timo Glock thinks that action should be taken before something happens.
Mick Schumacher has his team-mate Nikita Mazepin under control this season. What Schumacher, on the other hand, cannot control: That the Russian is sometimes unpredictable on the route. Prime examples are the two “Zucker” in Bau and Zandvoort in a duel with Schumacher.
Actions for which he had to take a lot of criticism. The world automobile association FIA has not yet taken action. Sky expert Timo Glock thinks that is exactly what is important, especially before worse things happen.
“The problem is: you only take action when it’s too late. That only happens when someone drives on the back and then takes off. If that happens at the wrong moment in Zandvoort, Mick flies into the pit lane – ascending. I would take action in a timely manner. Dancing, and if he doesn’t understand it, racing suspension, ”said Glock in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.
“A lot of things come together with him, it seems as if he is overwhelmed. Blue flags, reading situations – many things that he misjudges. The error rate speaks for itself », says Glock.
In general, he advises Schumacher not to allow himself to be drawn out of the reserve, “that the fuse blows at the wrong moment. He’s always been very controlled, he’s very relaxed about it. I hope that he will make his position clear within the team. ” With a revenge action, Mick could only harm himself, according to Glock: “The probability that it will go wrong is higher than that it will bring anything.”
Schumacher, who will also drive for Haas in 2022, gives him a good debut certificate. He compares Schumacher’s first years in the junior racing series, in which he got used to the new circumstances and challenges before he started in the second year.
“It’s one of his best early years because he makes very few mistakes. Driving mistakes happen when you push yourself to the limit. He can read the races very well, he knows what to do with the tires. He has a clear language with his race engineer. It’s a successful debut. He took a step, learned from it how difficult it was in the first few years, what matters,” says Glock.
How does Glock see Schumacher’s short-term future at Haas in the coming season, when there will be a new regulator and thus a new car? “The cards are being reshuffled; Haas may build a good car. The prerequisites are worse, financially and structurally, than with other midfield teams. But a certain stability is good, he doesn’t have to get involved in new processes,” says Glock.
And how does he assess the medium-term chances of getting a Ferrari cockpit? «He has to manage that he offers as little attack surface as possible not to do it. That must be his goal. Iron your colleague 20 times, always arrive before him and then see what happens. He’d have to do it like George Russell. Be there when it matters, when the possibilities are there, deliver and leave little room for criticism.”