Haas team boss Guenther Steiner believes that it is more difficult for Nikita Mazepin to drive the VF21 comparing to Mick Schumacher.
4 race weekends into his rookie F1 season, Nikita Mazepin still struggles to find the rhythm and cooperate well with his VF21 car. We saw incidents involving the young driver in nearly every session throughout the year. Haas’ team principal Guenther Steiner thinks that the unstable rear end of the car could lead to these problems and that Mick Schumacher turns out to deal with it better.
“The car is very unstable in turn-in and I guess Mick maybe can manage that one better and Nikita struggles a little bit more, because he wants the rear end, just to be confident that it sticks,” he said.
“So it’s one of the things where we need to try to get Nikita into a better spot, that he feels more confident. Because if he has no confidence in his cars, it’s very difficult to drive then, because the speeds you are going, it is not easy, so that is what [we] are trying to do,” Steiner added.
Mazepin himself thinks that he has already made some improvements: “Being rookies, I guess you improve so much every weekend that you’re going to continue improving the same amount, if not more, from round three until round 23. Every driver is finding his routes with the wind and the conditions changing all the time and I’m no different.”