“We want to give Schumacher and Mazepin the chance to make mistakes”- Gunther Steiner on approach towards unusual two rookie setup.
Haas sparked eyeballs when it revealed that it would be offloading both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at the end of 2020. It was much understood that it would accommodate both Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher as Alfa Romeo already retained Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen at the point of time.
Gunther Steiner now talking about hiring two new rookies, he said that Haas would give both of them to make mistakes this year, to have a stronger 2022.
In an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport, as per the Motorsport, the team principal of the American F1 team takes a picture of the situation: “It was the right time to change the drivers, considering that 2021 will be a year of transition.”
“And I’m confident. We start from a premise: to learn you have to act, and we want to give Schumacher and Mazepin the chance to make mistakes. In 2022 there will be a change of regulation that will offer many opportunities.”
“Drivers are the primary asset of a team, and we needed a shock. Young people are imposing themselves in F1: I am thinking of Leclerc who won races in the second season, of Norris who is doing very well.
“Moreover, on a financial level, they cost much less, and we prefer to invest money in the 2022 car rather than in the drivers,” he said.
Doesn’t want to talk about Nikita Mazepin
Steiner further avoided speaking on the controversy around Nikita Mazepin, who received major outrage from F1 fans over alleged groping caught in a video.
“I don’t want to talk about Nikita because I fear my words could be exploited, we have resolved the matter internally,” Guenther said. Reportedly, Haas made an internal investigation on Mazepin, and the outcomes of it were never revealed publically.