"Those Who Hand Out Have to be Able to Take It": Mazepin Issues Strong Response to Mick Schumacher

The teammate relationship between the Haas drivers, Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher is on a rough patch. Both have problems while driving against each other around the track. The most notable incident when Schumacher Jr got furious with Mazepin for defending his position at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

However, the Russian driver feels that Schumacher did the same when he did a dangerous overtake in Monte Carlo. Mazepin feels that he is been constantly attacked feels that he is at a disadvantage compared to his German teammate.

Nikita Mazepin feels that Schumacher Jr should take the handout

Mazepin feels that his defending in Baku against Schumacher was nothing more than a duel, and feels Schumacher should get the same criticism for his to overtake on him in Monaco at the hairpin section of the track.

Speaking at the Styrian GP, as quoted by Speedweek, Mazepin said, "Those who hand out have to be able to take it. It hasn't crashed so far and I don't think it will either. As he said, everyone does his thing, he will continue to do his thing and I will do mine." (Quotes translated from German using Google)

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The Russian hopes to have a better race in Austria

The 22-year-old's first season in F1 hasn't been the kindest. Mazepin has finished outside the top-10 in every race till now and hence hasn't been able to score a single point. At the recent French GP, Mazepin finished dead last in twentieth place and didn't score a single point.

Nikita Mazepin at the F1 track at Imola
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Haas' Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Hence, Mazepin is hoping that the upcoming double-header in Austria is his chance of scoring his first points in F1. But more importantly, he hopes that his relationship with his teammate becomes better and together help the American-owned team get ahead in the constructor's championship.

What are your predictions for the rookie driver as he prepares himself for his first race at the Red Bull Ring in an F1 car? Will he find the pace or will he still find himself chasing the pack of drivers? Let us know in the comments below.

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