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There was already some bad blood at Haas after Nikita Mazepin took umbrage at Mick Schumacher’s overtake during qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend. It came to a head during the race when the pair clashed at the conclusion of the opening lap.
Mazepin got the jump on his teammate at the start, while Schumacher had lined up for a pass at the final corner. As he moved to overtake, Mazepin moved across and all but pushed Schumacher into the pit entry wall which damaged the nose of the German’s car and necessitated a pit stop a few laps later.
Schumacher went on to finish in 18th, while Mazepin recorded a dnf after a mechanical problem later in the race.
It brought back memories of a similar incident during the final lap at Baku earlier in the season and re-opened old wounds for Schumacher.
“There was a little coming together with my teammate for some reason which I don’t understand,” Schumacher told Sky Sports. “But you know I think that obviously, that’s the way it is.”
When pressed as to how the rift can be repaired, Schumacher’s response opened a Pandora’s box.
“I don’t think so, to be honest,” he said. “It seems like he’s got this thing in his head where he wants to, at any cost, be in front of me, and that’s ok. I have nothing against it but if we get to the point where we defend very aggressively against a teammate where you have nothing to gain is not the right approach.”
It doesn’t justify the fact that he pushes me in the wall and pushes me to go into the pitlane. I think that’s not the right way. We’ll probably have to have a talk with the team about it.”
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