Nikita Mazepin has admitted to feeling “lost” trying to find a setup on his Haas, which he says has a very difficult aero package to work with.
It’s no secret the Haas VF-21 is a difficult car. Both Mazepin and teammate Mick Schumacher have put their machines in a wall more than once this season, with the car skittish and temperamental.
Mazepin has admitted to feeling “quite lost” in terms of finding a good setup, with the Russian finding the car responds weirdly to setup changes, further complicating matters.
“With this car, I would say it’s probably one of the most difficult aero packages I’ve ever driven,” he said. “The issue with the set-ups is that they don’t really make sense to what feedback they give. Therefore, I’m quite lost in that respect.”
“Coming from junior formulas, more aero balance means more oversteer, but in F1, it definitely doesn’t mean that. It gives different ways the tyres work during the lap, and it’s also things that affect the warm-up.”
“I’ve always gone with the approach that a driver does his job and the engineers do theirs, but at the moment, I think we speak a bit of a different language. I’m going to study, without joking, quite a few details of that to understand how I can also advise the team on making the car better.”
Mazepin sits 19th in the world championship, thanks to his 14th place in Azerbaijan he is ahead of Williams driver Nicholas Latifi, as Haas hope to get off the back row in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix tomorrow.