Haas’ Guenther Steiner Praises Mazepin and Schumacher For How Pair “adapted” To F1

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Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner has praised Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher for how they have “adapted” to F1 this season.

Speaking to haasf1team.com ahead of this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix, Steiner spoke of how “very challenging but exciting” this season has been for both rookie drivers with a 22 race calendar as they settled into the series.

Haas this season haven’t developed the car due to applying majority of their focus on designing their cars for 2022, which sees a new era of technical regulations get underway although it has meant a series of poor results for Mazepin and Schumacher in 2021 with no points-finishes.

Steiner though has iterated that both drivers put in “hard work”  and “do perform” on the track with Schumacher achieving the team’s best result of 12th in Hungary following various retirements and Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification.

Reflecting on the team’s consistency with just six retirements of which three were due to on-track incidents whilst others were reliability related, Steiner said: “They brought the car home most of the time, they’ve learned along the way. When the team told them to do things differently, they adapted to it and listened.”

Steiner therefore is hopeful that both drivers are “happy with what they’ve learned” in 2021 and are able to apply those lessons next season with a more competitive car.

Explaining the task awaiting both Mazepin and Schumacher in 2022, Steiner added: “We need to fight for points and that is the mission. Next year the pressure will be higher but in a different way.

“The challenge this year was getting used to everything and learn Formula 1. They’ve had a year of learning and now we need to deliver points.”

This weekend though sees Haas head to Qatar for the inaugural Qatar GP at Losail International Circuit, with freight for many teams within Formula One paddock arriving on time compared to delays last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which saw stewards forced to waiver the ban on overnight work on Thursday evening.

Steiner though was happy with how the chaos brought his team closer together and hailed the “fantastic job” performed by the crew in getting the pit garages set up ahead of FP1.

Commenting on the commitment of everyone within the team to get all of their freight unloaded and set up, before enjoying a solid weekend in terms of their programme, Steiner said: “They kept their heads down, worked hard and we achieved everything we wanted to achieve.

“In the end, we came out on the good side and it made the team grow together. They know if they just work together they can achieve this.”

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