Although in the current season of the F1 the great attraction is the duel that the English maintain Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) for the title of the Maximum, at the bottom of the peloton there is another very particular rivalry between two teammates: the German Mick Schumacher and Russian Nikita mazepin, Haas.
Race after race the relationship between the two is getting worse Due to the particular dispute they have for not being at the bottom of the peloton, something complex for two young people who are going through their first season in the category.
Mick is the heir to Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F.1 champion. In addition, he reached the specialty in which his father reigned with the patronage of Ferrari. Nikita, meanwhile, is the son of Dmitry Mazepin, a Russian billionaire who is also a shareholder of the American team.
In this debut year Schumacher has done better: reached the end of all races; while Mazepin has suffered mechanical problems, accidents and penalties. None have scored points.
The drop that broke the glass occurred in the Dutch Grand Prix where Mazepin complained loudly that his teammate had made his life miserable on the track, something that Schumi Jr flatly denied.
“He screwed me up in qualifying and then he beat me when it shouldn't have been that way because I was ahead and the rules are clear. Sometimes it is up to one to be the first driver of the team and sometimes to the other. In this race it was my turn "ranted the Russian. "I don't know what he's talking about ... I was coming faster than him and I asked if I could pass him and they said yes", affirmed the German.
This bitterness has forced the team itself to take action on the matter. "We will work hard to solve that problem, as we did with many other things in the past," explained Günther Steiner, head of the team.
“I'm trying to understand where they think the limit is and from there I want to draw our own line, that of the team. I don't think it's anything personal, I think they are circumstances because we are not fighting with anyone else, they only fight each other ”, clarified.
In the preview of Italian Grand Prix, which is disputed this weekend, a third entered the dispute: Ralf Schumacher, Mick's uncle. In his opinion Mazepin remains at Haas for his money. “Financial interests may be the only reason the team leader is still standing in front of Nikita. I think the sympathy and the marketing effect with Mick is better ”, Shooting.
Nikita picked up the glove and replied: "I respect opinions, because we all have one, but it seems that obviously he is protecting his family.".
The next chapter of this story will surely take place in Monza.