Button backs Mick to ‘shine’ against Mazepin

Jamie Woodhouse
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Jenson Button expects Mick Schumacher to "shine" against Nikita Mazepin.

Jenson Button believes Mick Schumacher will “shine” in his debut Formula 1 season at Haas alongside Nikita Mazepin.

Haas went for an all-new line-up for 2021, and one that was completely new to Formula 1 in the shape of two rookie drivers.

Mick, son of seven-time former World Champion Michael Schumacher, secured the 2020 Formula 2 title under the Ferrari Driver Academy banner, earning himself a Haas seat for 2021.

Mazepin meanwhile finished P5 in the same F2 season and was a more surprising selection from Haas, even before the grotesque social media video which could have cost Mazepin his seat before even making an appearance in Formula 1.

Schumacher is known throughout his junior career for needing time to truly settle in and make his mark in a category, but Button expects the German racer to “shine” in his rookie season.

“It’s great he is in Formula 1 and he seems like a really nice kid. He looks like a hard worker as well, so looking forward to seeing how he does,” Button exclusively told PlanetF1.

“He’s got an interesting team-mate who has had a lot of negative press but Mick is the complete opposite to that guy I think, so I think he will shine.”

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Arguably no other young racer rising up through the ranks has the kind of pressure on them that Schumacher has.

As the son of a seven-time World Champion there has been no escaping that spotlight so when the call came to race for Haas, Button imagines it must have been “pretty emotional” for the 21-year-old.

“That must have been pretty emotional for him when he learned he actually got the Haas drive,” said the 2009 World Champion.

“When you are racing you just close the visor on your helmet and it’s just you, the car and the road, but it must have been very emotional thinking about his dad.

“I’m sure he would have loved to have spoken to him about that moment, but sadly I don’t think that’s possible at this moment in time.”

Schumacher and Mazepin will be two of three rookies on the Formula 1 grid, the other being Honda-backed Yuki Tsunoda who joins AlphaTauri after a rapid rise through the junior categories since coming to Europe only a few years back.

Tsunoda finished P3 in the 2020 F2 Championship, his first season at that level, only 15 points behind Schumacher.

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