“I saw that he has a small book in which he writes things down”- Guenther Steiner reveals that he doesn’t regret choosing the rookie pair.
Guenther Steiner surprised everyone when he decided to sack his experienced duo of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to replace them with a rookie partnership of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, who just got graduated from Formula 2.
Speaking on his decision made in 2020, he says that he doesn’t regret making that decision, and after their performances in the Bahrain pre-season testing, he has full confidence in both drivers.
He then talked about Schumacher and indicated that he is already extremely dedicated by revealing the little notebook he carries, on which he often scribbles something.
“I saw that he has a small book in which he writes things down. I didn’t want to go to him to sneak a peek at it, but I hope and have faith that there are technical things in there,” Steiner said to RTL Germany.
No bias for Nikita Mazepin
Mazepin’s hiring sparked another ‘paid driver’ outrage among the fans, as Uralkali, one of the main sponsors of Haas in 2021, is owned by Mazepin’s father- Dmitry Mazepin.
Haas is accused of appeasing the Mazepins, as their money somehow prevents Haas from going into administration. The signs were spotted when Mazepin wasn’t fired for his sexual harassment video and then the 2021 livery controversy.
Therefore, it has also been speculated that Haas will favour Mazepin over Schumacher as the former is spilling in money for the American team.
“Uralkali is the main sponsor, but with no rights to an advantage. It doesn’t exist. It’s not sporting, and we don’t participate in it; I stand by that,” Steiner concluded.
The pair is set to make its Grand Prix debut in less than two weeks, and the first race is in Bahrain.