Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, has clarified that the events that took place on the last lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix have been blown out of proportion and hyperbolised post-race and that both drivers have learned their lessons from the incident.
Mick Schumacher was at the receiving end on aggressive defending from fellow teammate Nikita Mazepin on the final lap, something which left the German furious on the radio.
Steiner has addressed this incident and has said that he talked to both drivers after the race to prevent such incidents in the near future. Despite this, Steiner has elaborated saying that he does know the true effect of his talks with the drivers.
“If it would have happened not to a teammate, it would not have created this much of a story, I would say. But at the moment where we are, they fight against each other because our car is just too slow to fight against other people,” Steiner clarified, suggesting possible reasons for the exact nature of competition between the drivers.
However, he also made it clear that actions of such kind are solely the responsibility of the drivers. He also added on, stating that race car drivers will always have incidents and that incidents can be dealt with when they happen.
“I think both of them are young and they’ve got an ego, you know, and they want to be seen to be strong. They’re competitive people and there will be incidents again, and we will deal with them again,” said a confident Steiner.
Steiner made it explicit that despite the possible pros a rivalry provides, there is a line to be drawn and that they are a team first. Furthermore, he has said that this made it apparent that the drivers have something to aim at, which is a good thing in his opinion.
“At least they’ve got some target. Otherwise, if they had nothing, if they just go in circles, that is not stimulating. Obviously, I need to explain to them also that if it goes wrong, it’s not constructive. It didn’t go wrong luckily, and that it is what it is.”