The incident between Schumacher and Mazepin that occurred in Baku seems to have been resolved. The German confirms that the Russian has apologized to him but expects the stewards to take action if Mazepin tried a similar move again.
The Azerbaijan GP saw the two Haas drivers duel for P13. Schumacher overtook his teammate and although the Russian barely avoided him as both men were going wheel to wheel, the German could not hide his disappointment at the end of the race. Mazepin apologized to his teammate but apparently still did have discussions with Haas team boss Guenther Steiner and chief race engineer Ayao Komatsu, according to Schumacher.
“He did, after seeing the video, apologized for it. So obviously in that sense we are all fine and I no longer thought about it afterwards,” Schumacher admitted.
The German admitted he did not expect his teammate to try to scare him into backing out of an overtaking move. “In the moment it was rather confusing, in a way, because I was not expecting it at all, especially between teammates.”
“Obviously I understand it’s the last lap, we’ll fight. But if you come in such a tow you have, and all what is left basically in terms of battery and then you use everything and there’s no stopping.
“The only way you stop somebody is by scaring him or pushing into the wall. And obviously he tried to do that. I, in fairness, kept my foot down. So, I got by him anyway.”
“As I said it was unexpected from my side and that’s why I had such a strong reaction to it afterwards. But as I said and as the team also mentioned, the air in that sense is all cleared up and we’re all on a fresh start for here.”
After this minor incident, Schumacher admitted having to rebuild his trust in Mazepin.
“If it happens again, probably there will be harsher consequences. But also in that case, probably because it was an incident that happened between teammates it’s probably kept more internally than being outspoken and kind of dealt from and with the race directors or stewards.”
“But as I said, I think that if it happens again, surely it will be addressed towards the stewards and the race director.”
Mazepin said the following on the subject.
“I think the wording there isn’t quite right. There was no incident.
“Both cars returned to the pits with front wings and the paint job was as polished as it was just before the race. So, I would like to look at that in a pretty positive way.”
“We’ve had a bit of a misunderstanding between us. Obviously going into your last lap in a pretty hectic race which is not the first one this year but something that, being a big Formula 1 fan, I haven’t seen many times a Formula 1 race being stopped I thought he would choose the inside line and then he chose the outside line.”
“When I saw that he committed to it, I backed out of it because in the end, we’re not fighting for any points and the team’s result is the priority for me.”
“Our discussions that go on within the team, I believe, should stay within the team. However, if it was already brought out, I will just say that I apologized to him if that’s how he felt and he clearly was very upset.”
“But I would just say it is very important that he doesn’t expect to have it too easy and I’m never going to not look for whatever reason of one another. But I just clearly didn’t expect him to be where he ended up being. And if he felt the way he did, I said sorry because that’s what I think I should be doing, but however, it wasn’t for my particular doings at that time.”