Schumacher was warned about "aggressive" Mazepin in karting

The pair are now team-mates at Haas but have competed often against each other in junior types on their way up to F1.

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But their very first encounter on observe stands out for Schumacher mainly because he remembers getting recommended beforehand to retain an eye out for Mazepin’s methods when they took part in a kart race in Italy.

“We’ve recognised each and every other due to the fact 2013 the place we have been crew-mates at TonyKart,” reported Schumacher, when sat along with Mazepin.

“Just in advance of that I form of try to remember we experienced 1 race jointly exactly where you have been racing with Zanardi [team] in La Conca.

“That was the initial time I seen you, since in fact there was… I never know, one particular of my staff-mates reported I have to be watchful when I am racing with you mainly because… [laughs] like, fight wise, he was really aggressive!

“Then, naturally, 2014 we had one more year where by he was in KF2, I was in KF3 that 12 months. And following that I believe we form of normally had some races jointly, some championships together, so we’ve normally observed every other.

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin battle in F2 in 2020

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin fight in F2 in 2020

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“I guess the regard is there. Of course, we are now heading to be genuinely doing the job carefully together, in which it is really only us two, so it really is going to be intriguing to see how it goes this year.”

When the very first impressions of each and every other may have been unique, the pair appear to get on fairly perfectly at Haas – with Mazepin praising Schumacher’s angle.

“I have tremendous respect for him as a racing driver,” stated the Russian. “I also like him a large amount as a human being.

“There are unique individuals in motorsport and some are quite tough to be all-around with. But Mick is the comprehensive reverse, so I feel fortuitous that he’s clearly my crew-mate.

“I couldn’t decide on it, but it can be good to have a awesome male all over you. And also I imagine it can be a incredibly great probability for a workforce since when you do not have any negativity and you happen to be just each pushing forward, it can help us currently being considerably better upwards than we could have been on our have.”

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