Nikita Mazepin wishes to learn Michael Schumacher’s secrets from his son Mick, but only after they have completed their racing careers.
After taking the leap to Formula 1 and Haas together, Mazepin and Mick became teammates, forming the team’s all-rookie 2021 lineup.
Mazepin could be forgiven for wanting to learn from Mick what made the seven-time former World Champion so outstanding, especially since he idolized Mick’s father, Michael Schumacher, in his earlier years.
But that’s a discussion Mazepin wants to have in 20 years, and he doesn’t think Mick will expose Michael’s secrets until they’re no longer competing.
When asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport if he has ever discussed Michael with Mick, Mazepin responded: “No, because I’m sure Mick would know a lot of details that I’d like to know, even just how he concentrated, what he ate before a race, how he trained, and then how he braked, how he took corners. Everything.”
“And many years from now, maybe 20, over a glass of red wine, I’ll ask him everything. Now I’m sure he won’t want to share any of his dad’s secrets with me.
“When I was five, six, seven years old I only watched Michael Schumacher. I wanted to become like him.”
As Mazepin grew older, it was Lewis Hamilton who he began to admire and watch closely, not just for his on-track achievements, but also for his successful balancing of Formula 1 and his other projects.
“As I got older, I started to admire Lewis [Hamilton]. For what he does on the track, of course. But mostly because he was the first to show us there’s more to it than that,” Mazepin explained.
“That you can also do a lot more outside of racing, from his interests, like fashion, to charity work.
“My hero driver is Michael, my model human being is Lewis.”
Mazepin and Mick have not always gotten along on the race track, with tempers flaring on multiple occasions this season.
Mazepin, on the other hand, made it plain that their connection is good, even if he is still waiting for Mick’s response to his offer to visit Moscow.
“It is positive,” said Mazepin of his relationship with Mick.
“I have to ask him to answer me – I recently invited him to Moscow and he hasn’t answered yet.
“We had some misunderstandings, it’s normal. We are two young people trying to have a long career in Formula 1. But we’ve known each other for a long time, we know how to find ways to work together.”
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