Mazepin was left irritated in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix when he was refused a request to overhaul his teammate throughout a preparation lap in Q1.
When instructed he couldn’t, he responded on the radio: “Are you having fun?”
Haas’ chief race engineer Ayao Komatsu intervened and made clear the crew was not joking, and instructed the Russian that he ought to drop again if he wished a spot.
Mazepin felt it was unfair that he was turned down the request to maneuver forward of Schumacher, whereas his teammate was allowed to do precisely that to help better prepare his tyres at the Dutch Grand Prix.
“Within the earlier occasion within the Netherlands, we may alternate positions, and he is been given a inexperienced gentle, the place I have been given a purple gentle,” defined Mazepin.
However Steiner doesn’t suppose comparisons with what occurred at Zandvoort are truthful.
He’s clear that one of many classes from after that occasion was that the pitwall had closing say on issues, as a result of it was higher capable of decide the larger image of site visitors than the drivers may within the cockpit.
“I feel it was clear after Zandvoort, we mentioned it,” stated Steiner. “We stated that we [on the pitwall] will look in to what will occur, as a result of we see much more than they see.
“We noticed that there was no level [to let him through], as a result of even when Nikita overtakes Mick, he will likely be caught behind the Williams. So there isn’t any acquire there. After which his tyre temps had been okay.
“So it was identical to: no, keep the place you might be as a result of in any other case we take a threat, going over the end line and having our two automobiles drag racing down the straight and each dropping out in Flip 1.
“In the long run truly it ended up higher for Nikita, as a result of Mick bought in site visitors within the final turns, and he did not. However he doesn’t know that.”
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21
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Steiner stated Haas was at all times making selections in the very best curiosity of the crew, and was not favouring one driver over the opposite.
“We simply attempt to do the very best, as a result of what I at all times inform them: guys, we see much more than you. So don’t attempt to be now the race strategist or something. Simply pay attention.
“Clearly his [Mazepin’s] response was, I feel, within the warmth of the second, he wished to know extra. After which it was identical to, no: that is what you might be doing.”
Mazepin spoke to the crew in regards to the incident after qualifying and stated it had not impacted his relationship, whereas Schumacher was additionally removed from fussed about issues.
“Actually from our facet, all the pieces occurred as regular and as deliberate,” stated the German.
“Clearly, the Williams had been there, however they had been doing a quicker out lap than we had been planning on. We simply did our regular out lap actually.
“I feel that the crew set out clear directions, and I feel the directions to carry got here from either side. From my facet, I feel there is not any actual cause to be upset in any approach.”