Mick Schumacher was furious with Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin for a piece of driving
which nearly led to a collision at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Russian rookie has endured a largely negative debut in Formula One with his Haas
colleague the latest to take aim at his driving style.
The close moment between the @HaasF1Team drivers! 👀
“Obviously, there was a situation on the straight, that was all resolved, and we’ve cleared
the air” says Guenther Steiner.#SkyF1 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 pic.twitter.com/Ju3RiwcQD9
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 7, 2021
On the last lap of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Schumacher attempted to overtake
Mazepin as the 22-year-olds jostled for 13th – which would have represented either
drivers’ best finish in their debut seasons.
Pulling into his team-mate’s slipstream, Schumacher quickly gained ground and moved
right to breeze past on the two-kilometer home straight.
But Mazepin made a late dart to the right, forcing his German contemporary to take
Schumacher gestured angrily at his Haas team-mate as he managed to complete the
move nonetheless and reached the line first.
Immediately contacting his team radio, the son of seven-time champion Michael let his
frustrations be known. He fumed: “What the f*** was that?!
Honestly? Seriously, does he want to kill us?”
Schumacher’s race engineer replied ‘understood’ as he assured him the race was over and
the post-mortem quickly unfolded in Baku.
Haas chief Guenther Steiner said after the race: “Obviously, there was a situation on the
straight that was all resolved, and we’ve cleared the air.
“There was some misunderstanding, but we’re fine and all moving on from it.”
Mazepin’s risky maneuver was the last action of an enthralling race in Baku, which saw
Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll crash out with tire failures and Lewis Hamilton
dramatically misses the chance to win.
Mick’s uncle, Ralf Schumacher, who won six of his 182 F1 Grands Prix, demanded
Mazepin face punishment and learn from the incident