Haas workforce principal Guenther Steiner suspects Nikita Mazepin’s non-public check classes with Mercedes have contributed to his difficulties with their automobile.
Mazepin crashed out of his first race on lap one in Bahrain, had a number of different spins in the course of the weekend, and spun twice in the course of the first follow session at Imola at this time. His final error left the automobile within the obstacles, although Steiner is assured will probably be repaired in time for the following session.
“On the final nook, he acquired into the gravel and spun out,” Steiner defined. “However I believe the automobile shouldn’t be broken too badly, so we shall be prepared for second follow.”
Mazepin had a sequence of personal assessments with Mercedes previous to his debut this 12 months, in addition to a public outing for them in 2019. He has declined to disclose how many times he drove the world champions’ car last year.
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Nevertheless Steiner suspects the Formulation 2 graduate’s expectations of their automobile has been formed by his time on the wheel of the machine which has dominated latest seasons.
“Him driving the Mercedes final 12 months, I believe he discovered one thing, however he has to be taught our automobile is inferior to a Mercedes,” stated Steiner.
“I’m very open about that. I’m not making an attempt to cover that for positive the Mercedes is slightly bit much less temperamental than our automobile.”
Mazepin’s spins “must be diminished”, Steiner emphasised. “However he’s making an attempt very arduous and I assume he’s making an attempt one thing slightly bit too arduous.
“He wants to seek out that restrict however that’s [for] him to seek out, not us. That’s for him to seek out. We will help him doing that, however it’s one of many issues as I stated earlier than, studying is painful. It comes with ache and at some stage it can hopefully cease and he shall be in a great place.”
Haas have employed two new drivers for the 2021 season. Mazepin’s workforce mate Mick Schumacher additionally spun throughout final week’s race, however reached the end.
“Now we have acquired the entire 12 months to be taught,” stated Steiner. “Hopefully we haven’t acquired the 12 months to spin. However that’s what we are attempting to do that 12 months.”
Steiner informed Mazepin to “preserve your head excessive” following his robust debut in Bahrain. Criticism of his efficiency on the observe has risen along with concerns over his behaviour away from the track, which arose at the end of last year.
“Within the second he’s the beat-up boy,” stated Steiner. “Everyone beats up on him. However that makes you harder. Ultimately you come out on the higher aspect.
“You simply have to preserve your head up, focus in your subsequent race and carry on going. That’s what he did, he was right here at this time, yesterday he was in a great place and at this time he’s in a great place on the debrief.
“Even when he spun out, as a result of he’s bettering and he’s studying. In order that’s what he has to do, that’s the one factor you are able to do on this state of affairs is simply carry on going, understanding that the issues went improper however you understand that you are able to do higher.”