Ralf takes jab at Mazepin over inability to get better – “Mick is all alone because Mazepin is always overwhelmed”

Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher stated that he was not confident about Haas driver Nikita Mazepin improving in 2022, saying his pace was way off for it.

2022 will see all-new regulations implemented into the sport. It is projected to create better racing as the cars can follow more easily and overtake.

The clean slate that follows from this gives a fresh start to every team, including the 2021 backmarker in Haas. With the American team and Mazepin being the worst performers on the grid, it gives them a chance to put 2021 behind them.

However, Ralf stated that he was not confident about Mazepin improving in 2022, saying he didn’t think of him as a driver of that calibre.

“The team must now create a basis for him to score points,” he told Motorsport-Total.com, “and then it also depends on what Mick (Schumacher, Ralf’s nephew) out of the situation.

“He’s (Mick) driving relatively alone at the moment, despite his young age he has to drive the development of the team and make decisions.”

Regarding the Russian rookie, Ralf said that he was someone “who can sometimes drive fast, but is always overwhelmed.

Nikita Mazepin puffing out his cheeks. Qatar November 2021
Mazepin (pictured) has not received Ralf’s seal of approval. Source: planetf1.com

“So I don’t know if he’s the right person to develop the new car in a pioneering team with Mick.”

Quick Mick

Ralf also heaped praise on his nephew, saying he improved and matured a lot as a driver and as a person after his rookie season at Haas.

“He has learned a lot, and that also in the team,” he continued.

“If something goes wrong, then he apologises immediately with his team and keeps working hard. That’s what makes a good racing driver.”

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