New Haas signing Nikita Mazepin says he’s trying ahead to racing Formulation 2 Champion Mick Schumacher as they line up as teammates this yr. Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin says he’s trying ahead to competing towards illustrious teammate Mick Schumacher in 2021.
The brand new Haas pairing have raced collectively as teammates earlier than, with Mazepin & Schumacher karting collectively previous to their single-seater careers starting.
With Mick Schumacher successful the Formulation three and Formulation 2 titles en path to Formulation 1, Mazepin hasn’t received a junior class title. His greatest consequence was P2 within the GP3 Championship in 2018, overwhelmed to the title by Anthoine Hubert.
Mazepin completed P5 in final yr’s Formulation 2 Championship, ending 51 factors behind Champion Mick Schumacher, however the Russian driver says he’s trying ahead to competing towards the German in equal equipment this season.
“I’ve completed it earlier than [beaten him], once we’ve competed in the identical automotive. I’ve additionally been overwhelmed by Mick once we’ve competed in the identical automotive. I believe it’s all up for grabs. He’s an excellent racing driver, which is an apparent truth.
“So I believe the problem can be very fascinating there, little question. And I’ll be capable of reply that query extra precise on the 23rd race of this yr!”
With Mazepin coming into Formulation 1 with the final view of him being as a pay driver attributable to his fathers’s cash, within the type of Uralkali, Nikita was requested about whether or not he felt it an unfair view in gentle of drivers like Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi and Lando Norris all being in the identical scenario. He mentioned that drivers have to be examing from the attitude of their full bundle, slightly than singling out a solitary issue like that.
“Formulation 1 will not be race strolling it. It actually does require a bundle of issues to reach to Formulation 1. And each single driver has acquired a sure bundle in a method or one other. So it’s important to have a group round you to get right into a group. I’m not the one driver who’s having to cope with. But it surely doesn’t actually hassle me as a result of I’m happy with my household. I’m happy with my father, and I’m not taking this in a destructive approach.”
“I wish to additionally add that it’s a problem that I’ve to show myself in Formulation One, and I’m going to do it.”