Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

In round-up: Haas team manager Guenther Steiner says “everything happened that you do not want to happen” to Nikita Mazepin during his severely disrupted Qatar Grand Prix weekend.

in letters

Mazepin unlucky in Qatar – Steiner

Mazepin, who was one of only two drivers who had experienced the Losail International Circuit before F1 drove there last weekend, ran into problems early in the weekend when he was injured in the first training session and had to miss the second. Steiner explained how it led to a number of additional accidents.

“He then damaged the chassis, they replaced the chassis and finished it [Saturday] tomorrow, ”said the Haas team leader. ‘Everything was in order and then they put the car on the wheels and the engine only turned on four cylinders when he went out.

“So they pushed it back and tried to find the cause and see if we can fix it quickly. And they could not find it, so it was decided to take the engine out and replace the chassis wiring, replace all the ECUs, everything and then put it back. The guys did a great job if you think they took the engine out and put it back on at some point. “

By this time, Mazepin had missed the entire second and third training sessions, leaving him on his hind legs and going into qualifying. “On his track, the level of confidence has to be high because it’s a lot of fast corners, medium and fast,” Steiner said. “If you do not run and Nikita ran last time [Friday] morning, then did the best he could to not do further harm. ”

Unfortunately, he hit problems again at the beginning of qualifying. “He walked right around, then broke the forearm on his first lap on his first set of tires. Then he was called in on the weight.

“It was his a no-go weekend, I would say, everything happened that you do not want to happen,” Steiner said. Mazepin qualified last, almost two and a half seconds behind teammate Mick Schumacher, and also brought up the back of the field on race day.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Advertisement | Become a RaceFans supporter and go without advertising

Advertisement | Become a RaceFans supporter and go without advertising

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to Carlos Santos, Nick and Andy Alexander!

On this day in motorsport

Sebastian Vettel broke Nigel Mansell’s qualifying record today in 2011

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *