NIKITA MAZEPIN was ousted from his seat at Haas forward of the 2022 F1 season.
Nikita Mazepin has taken goal at Mick Schumacher (Picture: GETTY)
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Nikita Mazepin is clearly removed from impressed by Mick Schumacher’s failure to choose up a single level on this 12 months’s F1 championship. Mazepin unceremoniously misplaced his Haas seat after being sacked simply weeks earlier than the opening race of the season.
Haas’ choice got here following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the F1 crew eradicating all traces of the nation’s flags from their livery. Title sponsor Uralkali was additionally eliminated whereas Motorsport UK introduced Russian drivers wouldn’t be allowed to race in British occasions.
Mazepin’s father, Dmitry Mazepin, is a Russian billionaire discovered to have ties with Vladimir Putin and co-owned Uralkali. On the time, the FIA had said that Russian and Belarusian drivers would be capable of compete underneath a impartial flag.
And Mazepin admitted after his dismissal that he was “able to agree with this and contemplate myself impartial”. However the nature of his dismissal from Haas has left a foul style within the 23-year-old’s mouth and he is but to obtain any contact from folks he beforehand labored with on the American-based crew.
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Mick Schumacher has struggled in 2022 thus far (Picture: GETTY)
“Why hasn’t anybody contacted me? I do not know,” he instructed Russian sports activities channel Match TV. “But when a mechanic or somebody I labored carefully with was made redundant, I might ship a message on WhatsApp, no matter my perspective towards them or administration.”
And Mazepin went on to take goal at Schumacher’s present type for Haas by the opening eight races.
“I might say that the outcomes converse for themselves,” he stated. “That is all I’ve to do to say.”
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Schumacher and Mazepin’s relationship final season at Haas was stated to be strained and it seems as if time hasn’t healed their rapport. The German racing driver is one among solely two drivers on the 2022 grid but to attain factors, together with Nicholas Latifi.
He did come near a solitary level in Bahrain, however a collision with Esteban Ocon on the opening lap price him dearly. Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner has tried to guard Schumacher, however not too long ago hinted the 23-year-old is underneath strain to show issues round.
“I might say so. We might have a severe dialog as a result of at some stage we’ll run out of elements and we can’t sustain making them,” he stated. “Once more, as a lot cash as you throw at it, you simply bodily can’t maintain doing it. So we have to make it possible for right here, nothing occurs. Now we have handed [our season’s repair budget]. We handed that allowance in Jeddah. We’re in entrance of the allowance. I might like to be in entrance of the quantity of factors we now have scored however we’re in entrance on crashes.”