Chairman of Uralkali Dmitry Mazepin had threatened to pull out of the sponsorship deal with Haas in 2021 if Steiner did not agree to switch the chassis of his son Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher.

Mazepin had suggested that he was underperforming compared to Schumacher in the early part of the year since he was handed a much heavier car than his counterpart.

At the time, he had claimed that this made him a “sitting duck” and destined to end at the bottom of the ladder.

His boss Steiner later confirmed that there was a difference in the weight of both cars. He attributed this to a difference in the weight distribution across the two cars.

Nikita Mazepin with his father Dmitry Mazepin. Credit:

However, he was quick to clarify that it was a negligible difference between the two cars.

However, an early preview of the fourth season of the Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive has confirmed how the Mazepin family reacted to this news. It appears like tensions had mounted between them and the Haas management as they felt they were being cheated by Haas.

“It’s the same car,” Steiner reiterated to Nikita Mazepin. “As much as you believe it’s not, it’s the same car.”

Nikita’s father was far from convinced. He went on to assert his importance as far as the team’s finances were concerned.

Dmitry was not impressed

Nikita Mazepin. Credit:

Dmitry is clearly left fuming with respect to the entire situation and can be seen speaking with his son’s advisor Jesper Carlsen.

“If it doesn’t change, I will send an official letter that we stop financing and stop racing,” he said.

“It will be a huge problem with the money and they will decide what to do because we will not keep this ‘let’s do, let’s do, let’s try, let’s try.’

“We already tried [for] three races and if we remove the Uralkali, we stop racing. Switch the cars. Everybody knows that someone has an advantage.”

Advisor Carlsen was quick to relay this message to Steiner.

Steiner, who is sitting with the media crew from Drive to Survive, looks to evade the matter.

Nikita later got what he had wished for, with a lighter chassis presented to him ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Mazepin later on spoke about how much of an impact this change made, claiming that his one-lap pace had significantly improved right after the chassis was replaced.

However, despite getting his wish, Mazepin was only able to outqualify Schumacher once throughout the latter half of the season.

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