“You get the feeling that Steiner tends to take Mazepin under protection”– Ralf Schumacher scrutinizes Guenther Steiner’s leadership.
The recent events in Haas during the Dutch Grand Prix exposed the hostile relations between Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, as the war of words also reflected on the track.
— Pierre Henry (@pete_pedrinho10) September 5, 2021
Schumacher’s uncle- Ralf Schumacher, has now launched an attack on Mazepin and Guenther Steiner, who, according to him, doesn’t have a good grip over the situation.
“A rather unpleasant incident occurred during the race between Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, when the young Russian prevented Mick from overtaking at top speed by twitching his car to the side,” Ralf Schumacher wrote in his column for Sky Sports Germany.
“Now Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is in demand. He has to write his own rulebook for his drivers to avoid such things, because it doesn’t seem to work on its own.”
Dmitry Mazepin’s money talking?
When Steiner was last asked about the incident between his two drivers, he refused to blame any of the drivers; this statement hasn’t gone well with Ralf and targeted Steiner’s apparent indecisiveness by alleging that Mazepin’s father Dmitry Mazepin’s money invested in Haas is coming into the play.
“You get the feeling that Steiner tends to take Mazepin under protection,” Schumacher said. “I can’t say exactly why that is, but maybe it’s because his father [Dmitry Mazepin, Chairman of Uralkali, Haas’ title sponsor] invests a lot of money or even already owns shares.”
“The exclusion of Nikita during the current season is not an alternative, because Mazepin brings a lot of money to the team. In my opinion, financial interests can be the only reason why the team boss keeps standing in front of Nikita.”
“If you look at the Russian’s performance, this cannot be a reason in relation to Mick. In addition, the sympathy and marketing effect with Mick is better.”
“In Monza, I hope there won’t be any more problems between the two. But if everything goes normally – even at the start – Nikita isn’t anywhere near Mick anyway.”