Haug warns Schumacher over Mazepin criticism

Mick Schumacher must be careful with his attacks on Haas teammate and fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin.

Mick Schumacher must be careful with its attacks on Haas teammate and fellow rookie Nikita mazepin.

It is the warning from Norbert Haug that tops Mercedes official worked closely with Mick’s father Michael both before and at the end of the seven – time world champion’s F1 career.

On Baku, with controversy after following Mazepin through every turn so far in 2021, Mick Schumacher struck out at his Russian teammate for a high-speed train to the right at Baku.

Then at Paul Ricard, the German rookie was again very critical of his 22-year-old colleague for yet another racing incident.

Ultimately team leader Gunther Steiner defended Mazepin.

“Nikita has to attack like that at this point – if not, he is not doing his job properly either,” he said after the French GP.

In that context, Haug says Schumacher should be more careful about what he says openly about his teammate – and immediate rival – in the future.

“I fully understand Mick as a human being,” he told Sky Deutschland.

“It was his reaction immediately after the race. We had the previous incident in Baku, which I consider much more critical. But in France you could see that Mazepin had the inside.

“Therefore, I can not say that it was 100 percent his (Mazepin’s) fault.

“So some strategic advice for Mick – it’s like in real life. If your teammate sees that you’re sorry for him, it’s just giving your teammate a point.”

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