‘What the f*** was that? Does he want to kill us?’ Mick Schumacher fumes at his OWN team-mate Nikita Mazepin after the two rookie Haas drivers have very close call on final 200mph straight during Azerbaijan Grand Prix
- Mick Schumacher was livid at his team-mate Nikita Mazepin in Azerbaijan
- Mazepin suddenly jinked to the right to prevent Schumacher from getting by
- Schumacher responded in time in order to avoid a devastating accident
- But the German was furious with the Russian and made his feelings known
Mick Schumacher questioned whether his team-mate Nikita Mazepin was trying to ‘kill us’ in the closing metres of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, moved into Mazepin’s slipstream as they approached speeds of 200mph on the start-finish straight in Baku.
But in defending 13th place, Russian Mazepin suddenly jinked to the right in a move to prevent his Haas team-mate from getting by and squeezing him against the concrete wall.
Mick Schumacher was close to colliding with team-mate Nikita Mazepin on the final lap
Schumacher gesticulates after narrowly avoiding his team-mate in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Schumacher (R) was furious with his team-mate Mazepin (L) and made his feelings known
Schumacher, in only his sixth Formula One race, responded in time to avoid a devastating accident. As he passed Mazepin, the German gesticulated wildly with his right hand before venting his fury over the radio after crossing the line seven thousandths of a second clear.
‘What the f*** was that?,’ yelled Schumacher, 22. ‘Honestly, seriously, does he want to kill us?’
In his maiden campaign, Schumacher has been comfortably quicker than Mazepin – the son of Russian billionaire oligarch Dmitry Mazepin – who has struggled to adapt to life in motor racing’s elite category.
Schumacher was ahead of Mazepin, 22, throughout Sunday’s race in Baku, only falling behind his team-mate at the restart following Max Verstappen’s late crash – Haas team principal Guenther Steiner attempted to diffuse the situation between his two rookie drivers on Sunday night.
Despite Mazepin (pictured) getting in his way, Schumacher responded to avoid an accident
Steiner said: ‘Obviously, there was a situation on the straight that was all resolved, and we’ve cleared the air. There was some misunderstanding, but we’re fine and all moving on from it.’
Schumacher, the Formula Two champion, has spent his debut season at the back of the field in his underwhelming Haas machinery.
But he is a Ferrari academy driver and could yet follow in his father’s footsteps by turning out for the famous Italian team.
Schumacher Snr won five consecutive titles with Ferrari at the turn of the century, but he has not been seen in public following his devastating skiing accident on the French Alps in 2013.