NIKITA MAZEPIN has delivered a stunning assertion on Mick Schumacher – describing his new Haas team-mate as ‘not a buddy’.
Subsequent season will see the Formula One workforce deploy the rookie pair after spectacular performances within the F2 reserve sequence.
Nikita Mazepin has insisted he’s ‘not pals’ together with his new F1 team-mateCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Haas colleague Mick Schumacher beforehand raced with the Russian in go-kartingCredit score: Splash Information
However Russian racer Mazepin, 21, has shrugged off his earlier expertise with Schumacher.
The pair raced as team-mates in karting, forming a relationship that the German not too long ago described as having ‘a good quantity of respect’.
In dialog with Russian TV channel Match TV, through the Mail, Mazepin shot again: “We’re not pals.
“At most we’re previous acquaintances as we raced collectively in karts.”
Mazepin additionally insisted that his new team-mate can be weak to further ‘stress’ because the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
He famous: “I actually do not care about his title.
“Due to the title he could have extra energy, but additionally extra stress.
“However once I decrease the visor, I do not take into consideration this stuff anyway.”
Haas have already needed to take care of one controversy surrounding their new driver.
In December, Mazepin filmed himself groping a woman in a car and uploaded the footage to Instagram.
The driving force was pressured to apologise for after condemnation from fans, Haas, F1 and governing body the FIA.
The American workforce have vowed to stay with their settlement for Mazepin to race subsequent season, with the calendar scheduled to start in Australia.
But the March 21 opener might must be cancelled AGAIN due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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