Formula 1: ex-star gives irritating advice to Mick Schumacher

Miami Grand Prix - Race - Miami International Autodrome.  (L to R): Mick Schumacher (GER) Haas F1 Team with Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team on the grid.  Miami Grand Prix, Sunday 8th May 202 ...

Sebastian Vettel (right) was Mick Schumacher’s mentor for a long time.Image: PA Images / James Moy

Sven Happy

In the coming Formula 1 season there will be some personnel changes in the racing teams compared to last year. In addition to Mclaren driver Daniel Ricciardo and Williams driver Nicholas Latifi, two Germans will no longer be seen in Formula 1 next year.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel ended his career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Mick Schumacher hoped to stay in the paddock until the very end, but ultimately had to give up his place to compatriot Nico Hülkenberg. A former Formula 1 driver now spoke up with curious tips for the departing drivers.

Mick Schumacher’s ex-colleague gives advice

Mick Schumacher’s former teammate at Haas, Nikita Mazepin, gave advice to the four outgoing Formula 1 drivers in an Instagram post. In it he describes the five stages he went through when he realized he was going to lose his place in the paddock.

From Mazepin’s point of view, the five stages are “denial”, “anger” and “negotiation”, followed by “depression” and “acceptance”. The reason for his posting was his visit to the final race in Abu Dhabi. “I’ve been thinking of some words of wisdom to share with Seb, Daniel, Nicky and Mick,” writes the 23-year-old.

Mazepin, who recently passed the time as a DJ and event manager, often has somewhat disconcerting advice. For example, he describes the phase of “depression” as follows:

“Drinking, partying on the yacht, sleeping in, gaining five kilos. You repeat this in an endless loop. It won’t be easy to get through this phase, but your friends will enjoy it.”

Mazepin reaps Shitstorm for advice to Schumacher and Vettel

However, it is also true that Mazepin did not have to give up his position for performance reasons, but rather for political reasons. Nikita Mazepin is the son of Russian oligarch and Putin confidante Dmitri Mazepin, who is also the majority shareholder of Uralkali, a then-Haas team sponsor.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the beginning of the year, the US racing team immediately ended its collaboration with Urakali and Nikita Mazepin.

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin file photo.  File photo dated 15-07-2021 of Haas' Nikita Mazepin (left) and Mick Schumacher (right) on the grid ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towces ...

Nikita Mazepin (left) and Mick Schumacher were teammates at the Haas racing team.Image: PA Wire / Bradley Collyer

Accordingly, some comments under the image of Mazepin are critical. Many people are bothered by the Russian’s self-righteous nature or the fact that he thinks he wants to give advice, but ultimately only writes about himself. For example, one user says, “You’ve lost your head, mate,” another comments, “Just shut up.”

Even the drivers to whom the post is actually addressed don’t seem to think much of the ex-Haas driver’s words. One searches in vain for a like or a comment from the departing pilots.

Way back in Formula 1 for Schumacher not excluded

However, experts largely agree that Mick Schumacher’s path will sooner or later lead back to the Formula 1 cockpit. He is currently under discussion as a replacement driver for Mercedes.

The team boss of the Silver Arrows, Toto Wolff, made a meaningful statement to “Sky” at the end of the season: “Both one branch and the other branch of the Schumacher family are closely related to Mercedes.” The Formula 1 chapter is far from over for Mick Schumacher.

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