Mazepin: Haas driver split is just speculation

Date published: July 31 2021 - Michelle Foster

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin has rubbished rumours that Haas are considering splitting up their driver line up amidst growing tension between the Russian and Mick Schumacher.

This year’s championship saw Haas make the unusual decision of signing two rookie drivers, the American outfit looking to blood the youngsters ahead of a new era in Formula 1 that begins next season.

With both Mazepin and Schumacher determined to prove themselves, the team-mates have had several near-misses and, at Silverstone, finally made contact.

While in Monaco and Azerbaijan it was Schumacher who felt wronged, this time around it was Mazepin who came off second best.

Fighting for position in the Saturday sprint qualifying for the British Grand Prix, the two traded paint with Mazepin pitched into a spin as a result.

He bounced back in the Sunday grand prix, overtaking Schumacher in the race to beat the German for the second time in 10 races.

The increasing tension between the team-mates has led to speculation that Mazepin and Schumacher could be separated next season with the latter off to Alfa Romeo.

Team boss Guenther Steiner has all but confirmed Mazepin for next season but has admitted that the finer points still need to be sorted when it comes to Schumacher’s future with the team.

Mazepin has denied speculation that tension between the two is part of the hold up.

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin battle

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“You found the right word – speculation,” he said, as quoted by grandpx.news.

β€œIn almost all cases, people who say such things have nothing to do with the team.

“As much as Mick and I would like to beat each other, we do not forget that we are two drivers who work for one team so that we can both have good results.

“We cannot afford any friction like that, and we have a productive, good relationship in order to help the team to achieve the results that I believe it deserves.”

As for Schumacher, the son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, would not be drawn on where his future lies next season.

“When the time comes, we will make a statement and everyone will know about it,” said the 22-year-old.

“Generally we can be quite satisfied with how our year has gone so far.”