Mick Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher found themselves a common enemy in F1: Nikita Mazepin, the German driver’s teammate at Haas, who attacked the German family.
While the tragic fate of Michael Schumacher is back in the news, with the documentary dedicated to him by Netflix and the recent testimonies of his wife Corinna, Mick Schumacher, the son of the “Red Baron”, made a difficult start in F1. The young German driver joined the Haas team, the worst on the grid, the only one not to have scored a single point this season. And his relationship is difficult with his teammate, the very controversial Nikita Mazepin.
Last week, the two pilots almost clashed several times on the track, and Schumacher damaged his front wing in a pass from the 1st lap of the race. And if Gunther Steiner, the boss of the Haas team, did not decide between his two drivers, Mick Schumacher received the support of… Ralf Schumacher, his uncle, who attacked Haas and Mazepin in his column for the English press.
Mazepin at war with the Schumacher family
“We get the impression that Steiner tends to protect Mazepin, said Ralf Schumacher. I can’t say exactly why, but maybe it’s because his father (Dmitry Mazepin, CEO of Uralkali, title sponsor of Haa, editor’s note) invests a lot of money or even already owns shares (in the Haas stable). The exclusion of Nikita during the current season is not a possibility, as Mazepin brings a lot of money to the team. In my opinion, financial interests may be the only reason the boss of the team continues to support Nikita. If you look at the performance of the Russian, that can’t be a reason for Mick. “
Mazepin’s response took place this week, on the sidelines of the Italian GP at Monza. And the Russian shamelessly attacked the Schumacher clan. “When drivers leave F1 and say something as a commentator, I respect their position. But, fortunately or unfortunately, this person (Ralf Schumacher) is not on the list of people whose opinion interests me. Everyone has their own opinion and I respect others. He seems to want to protect a member of his family. What can I say ? If his family is in need of protection in F1, then I am more than happy to hear such statements ”. Ambiance…
Very aggressive defense of Mazepin on Schumacher…# F1 #DutchGP ?? pic.twitter.com/0aAPD6nEJf
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