Haas stick by Schumacher and Mazepin

23 September 2021 21:49:56 GMTPlus11
Haas are to retain their current drivers for 2022

Haas has announced they will retain current drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin for the 2022 season.

It has been a tough Formula 1 rookie campaign for both Mazepin and Schumacher with neither man yet to score a point, although Schumacher is 10/1 to change that by securing a top-10 finish at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.

Haas decided to save money by holding off developing their car for the 2021 season, choosing instead to concentrate on their 2022 challenger in preparation for the major regulation changes F1 plans to introduce.

Focusing on next year's car has left Schumacher and Mazepin behind the wheels of easily the slowest cars on the grid this year and frustrations with their drives have boiled over at times.

Critical

Both men have been critical of one another and Haas have even reportedly been forced to get the duo together to ease tensions.

Schumacher has comfortably been the quicker driver of the two throughout the year and the German, who is the son of seven-
time F1 champion Michael Schumacher and part of Ferrari's young driver academy, is excited about building upon the positives from this year.

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He said: "By being part of the Formula 1 field, I am living my dream.

"New technical regulations, the impressive ambition of the entire Haas F1 team and the support of Ferrari - of course I believe this will bring us closer to the field in the 2022 season and we will be able to fight for points.

"I'm looking forward to being part of a team that is getting stronger."

Learning curve

Meanwhile, team boss Gunther Steiner is hopeful the challenges of this year will make both Schumacher and Mazepin better drivers.

Steiner told the Haas website: "2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn F1. "They've done a lot of that this year. But they've both embraced the challenge."

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