Mick Schumacher and Mazepin preparing for season 2022

The U.S.-owned team stated on September 23 that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will continue to race for Formula One tail-enders Haas next season.

The Russian and German teams are both in their first seasons. With Haas being the only team that has yet to score a point in 2021. Haas will be in his sixth season next year.

Mazepin is the son of a Russian oligarch who owns Uralkali, the team’s title sponsor. While Mick Schumacher is the son of seven-time world champion and Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher.

The team’s engines are provided by Ferrari, and Schumacher is a member of their driving academy.

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Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Source: goodwordnews.com

Overview

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will return to Haas for the 2022 season, with the team’s line-up remaining unaltered.

After Haas elected to focus their efforts on constructing a new competitor for the sweeping rules change coming into effect next season.

The two rookies joined the American company from Formula 2.

They have battled with an uncompetitive car all season.

Mick Schumacher will return to Formula One with Haas next season. He is excited about a number of aspects of his sophomore campaign. Including having a car that he believes will allow him to score points on a continuous basis.

Before the Russian Grand Prix, Haas confirmed that Schumacher and his teammate Nikita Mazepin will be retained by the team until 2022 when a new era of Formula One begins.

That new era has been prioritized by Haas more than any other team. As they elected not to develop their 2021 vehicle and instead focus solely on the challenger for next year.

As a result, Schumacher stated in Sochi that his ambition for next season is to play in the middle of the field.

“Hopefully we’ll be in the mid-pack, I think that’s a goal that is very achievable,” he said as per reports on Formula1.

“We know that we’ve started a bit earlier than anybody else on that project and we’ve spent most of our budget of this year on 2022 so hopefully that will give us a bit of an edge especially at the beginning of the year, and hopefully we’ll be able to say that we’re consistently in the points.

“I think that that would definitely be a very big step forwards and just know that I’ll be working very, very hard to achieve that,” he said.

After a difficult first year in the sport, Schumacher is looking forward to driving a car that will allow him to compete for points.

“I’m very excited for next year, the new car and simply just to get the opportunity with Haas F1 Team and grow together with them. I think we will come out strong next year,” Mazepin said.

With this announcement, there is only one spot remaining to fill for next year. The second Alfa Romeo driver, who will join Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes.

Haas confirming Schumacher and Mazepin in F1 2022

For the 2021 season, both Schumacher and Mazepin graduated from Formula 2 to Formula One with Haas.

Haas announced it would run with the same lineup next season in a statement released ahead of Mazepin’s home Grand Prix in Russia this weekend.

“We knew we wanted continuity behind the wheel in 2022 and I’m happy to confirm exactly that with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin competing for Uralkali Haas F1 Team next year,” said team principal Gunther Steiner.

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Gunther Steiner. Source: racer.com

“2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 – and as rookies – they’ve done a lot of that this year.

“It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time they’ve both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team to learn our processes and adapt to the rigours of a Formula 1 campaign and all that brings – both internally and externally.

“Now as we look ahead to the 2022 season, we’re confident we can move forward as a team and give Mick and Nikita a competitive race package to make the next step in their Formula 1 careers.”

Haas chose not to develop its 2021 car in order to focus entirely on the new regulations. That will be implemented next season, treating this year as a transition year.

It has pushed Schumacher and Mazepin to the back of the field, where they are frequently competing for position, resulting in tensions between the two, as shown most recently at Zandvoort with incidents in qualifying and the race.

With Haas’ announcement, Alfa Romeo currently has the sole unannounced spot for next season. With the team still to reveal who would be Valtteri Bottas’ teammate.

Schumacher and Mazepin preparations and rivalry

After the Dutch Grand Prix qualifying, Nikita Mazepin’s rage at Formula One teammate Mick Schumacher was palpable.

But what was more telling was Mazepin’s continued anger at the issue long after he had a chance to learn what had really happened during Q1, despite not knowing the whole story right away.

Mazepin accused Schumacher of purposefully damaging his final lap in TV interviews after the session.

His rage was justified, considering that the crew had not informed him that Schumacher had been granted permission to overtake when he was on his out-lap.

Mazepin’s decision to double down on his position later that afternoon was even more unexpected.

This came after the team detailed what had occurred and admitted that communication had been lacking.

The Haas crew attempted to send Mazepin and Schumacher out with a distance between them. But traffic at the pit exit caused by opponents ahead of them creating gaps caused the duo to leave the pits together.

Schumacher needed a faster out-lap than Mazepin and asked race engineer Gary Gannon if he could pass him.

While Haas has a procedure in place whereby drivers alternate who goes out first each race weekend and does not allow overtaking. Schumacher did follow the protocols when he made the request.

Gannon informed him he could pass Mazepin if he did so early in the lap. Advising him to do so as he exited Turn 3. Schumacher complied, although Mazepin was unaware of this.

Mazepin was justified in his skepticism when Schumacher passed him.

“I thought Mick was not allowed to overtake me – that’s not fine,” he said.

Neither Haas driver improved their time, and Vettel’s lap was also wrecked. Resulting in the Haas duo being hauled to the stewards.

For admitting that the issue was the result of numerous cars backing up rather than a single person.

Mazepin had every right to be dissatisfied with the team.

Even after learning the truth, he had Schumacher firmly in his sights.

He reaffirmed his belief that Schumacher was breaking the team’s rules.

Schumacher also expressed his dissatisfaction with Mazepin’s public outburst. Before there had been an opportunity to examine what had occurred within.

“I’m used to having team internal discussions rather than public in the press, so I guess that’s a new thing,” said Schumacher.

“But obviously every driver, every person is different and it’s just a matter of getting the right flow and right communication and then for sure things will settle.”

The rivalry between the two has simmered all season. They’ve had multiple on-track skirmishes.

Mazepin’s desire to beat Schumacher on the track appears to have affected his judgment. When it came to blaming his teammate for what happened.

However, the team must improve its handling of similar situations to ensure that it does not happen again.

So, while Mazepin had reason to be angry at first. His rage might be better channelled into increasing his speed during what has been a difficult season.

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