On the primary lap, Schumacher went down the within of the Russian on the hairpin. The 2 drivers went not far away side-by-side earlier than the German emerged in entrance.
Later, Schumacher had a gasoline strain subject that slowed him and obliged him to let Mazepin cross. They pair ultimately completed seventeenth and 18th in a race of unusually low attrition.
“Yeah, it was very tight,” stated Mazepin when requested concerning the first lap by Motorsport.com. “It was a kind of corners the place it is even too sluggish for F1, you have to pull the clutch in, so you do not drive right into a automotive in entrance.
“And I simply received bunched up, and I needed to keep the place I used to be. And I felt that when you’re combating for P19 or for P18, and there was a giant danger of leaving each vehicles for the remainder of the race there, and I simply did not wish to go to the storage and being liable for it. So I needed to race honest, and the race was lengthy.”
Mazepin stated that his teammate additionally performed honest when he had the technical subject.
“There was no confusion,” he stated. “I believe, , that is how life performs typically.
“I used to be particularly reasonable within the first lap. He was particularly reasonable afterward. And I believe we’ve got a superb relationship within the workforce, and we must always hold it that approach.”
Mazepin famous that it was a not a straightforward race, calling the Haas automotive and worn tyres a “unhappy mixture” as he tried to run lengthy within the opening stint.
“The race went by completely different phases, I might say. It felt very difficult on the market, the automotive on the road circuit is troublesome to drive.
“And clearly, with this monitor being so troublesome to overhaul, all people stays out till there’s utterly no tyres left within the automotive. And, , this automotive with no tyres is a really unhappy mixture, I might say.
“However yeah, I am pleased with myself, I used to be going into this weekend and I anticipated it to be difficult as a result of clearly, when you could have a troublesome stability to drive at a monitor like Barcelona, going into Monaco is a catastrophe.
“However I am very blissful what we have accomplished as a workforce. I am very blissful for my inside group that has labored very onerous ever since Barcelona to know me, and I believe this weekend has confirmed that they perceive me, and that is finally the success path to ’22.”
He added: “A really optimistic day. Clearly see we have to discover lots as a workforce. I by no means had so many blue flags in my life. And that is fairly unhappy. However I believe we’ll get there.”
Mazepin believes that the Haas may very well be extra aggressive at low downforce Baku.
“Nicely, it is a utterly completely different problem. Now we have excessive downforce monitor right here, the place we’re missing downforce. I believe that we may have an opportunity there, as a result of the engine is healthier this 12 months.
“And we do not have a lot downforce, and you do not actually need a lot in that sort of monitor. It’ll be my second time, like Monaco, and I am simply wanting ahead to it.”