June 12, 2021

RaceFans Round-up: Schumacher and Mazepin “drinking from a water hose”


In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says his two junior drivers are having to learn as quickly as they can in their first season of Formula 1.

In brief

Varied races “ideal” for rookie drivers – Steiner

Windy conditions in Bahrain and a damp race at Imola gave rookie pair Michael Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin useful opportunities to learn in the first two races of the year, says Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.

“We got the rain and had to deal with it and learn from it,” he said. “The drivers are drinking from a water hose at the moment, every grand prix is bringing something new up.

“For learning it’s ideal, just learning things like the processes and how to behave in these situations. Once you’ve done these things once, the second time, for sure, it brings a lot less stress I would say.

“Do you want it all at the beginning? Maybe not, but if it comes, you take the experience. I think it’s a good thing all these new experiences.”

Red Bull lost less from new floor rules – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has admitted the new floor rules introduced for the 2021 F1 season have played into Red Bull’s hands.

“I’m happy with what we have with the RB16B,” said Verstappen, who goes into this weekend’s race one point behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton. “It’s faster, it has more grip and better balance. We lost downforce with the floor, but I think we lost a bit less than other teams and it shows that we made a good step forward.

“We’re starting the season strong, the best we’ve had since I’ve been with the team. It’s a long season, and if we want to fight for the championship, we have to keep improving.”

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