In his column for the web version of The Race, Gunther Steiner, CEO of Haas F1, discusses what awaits Formulation 1 in 2021, the unanimous criticism of Nikita Mazepin’s motion, and his first impressions of the beginning of cooperation with Mick Schumacher.
Completely happy New Yr everybody!
We now have to start out with our response to the state of affairs with Nikita Mazepin. He did what he was not alleged to do, and even then we overtly expressed to him every little thing we considered it. He apologized as a result of he is aware of that he did the fallacious factor, and now we have to proceed working with this in order that he learns the mandatory classes, focuses on the races, and in order that this doesn’t occur once more.
He understands this. Nikita must develop, and we are going to attempt to make him draw conclusions, and we are going to proceed to have interaction in his schooling for the sake of his personal future.
If one thing like this occurs once more, there will certainly be penalties. We are attempting to create the mandatory situations and assist him grow to be higher with a view to forestall such errors from occurring once more, as a result of it was undoubtedly a mistake. What issues to me is that he was able to reply for his wrongdoing. I at all times say: if an individual realizes that he did fallacious, he can right himself. If he denies every little thing, nothing will come of it.
I do not wish to discuss intimately about how we acted and are performing. However the query stays open, we’re not going to maneuver on, as if nothing occurred. I’m conscious of the reactions on social media – however they are often each your good friend and your enemy. Folks have their very own opinion – that is regular, however inside our crew, nobody likes what occurred, so the perspective in direction of it stays severe.
We aren’t happy that each one this distracts from work, however generally these items occur. After all, I would really like nothing of the sort, however we discovered ourselves on this state of affairs, which suggests we have to cope with it, that is a part of our work.
Transferring on to a extra nice matter. Mick Schumacher labored with us on checks in Abu Dhabi – it is nice that this identify is returning to Formulation 1. Mick confirmed himself as an actual skilled, it was clear that he grew up in a household the place they know what racing is. He’s a really good man, his technical background may be very excessive. The crew favored him, additionally as a result of it’s not an issue for him to confess that he wants to enhance in sure features.
That is what we should do: assist him grow to be higher. All the things will likely be new to him, and Mick’s process is additional difficult by the truth that his accomplice is simply as new. However he knew it from the very starting. Nevertheless, on the entire it is vitally nice that we’ll work with him, and I’m attracted by the troublesome duties that should be solved on this regard.
Should you bear in mind the 2020 season, then by way of outcomes it was nowhere worse, as a result of we’re not competing in Formulation 1 with a view to be among the many outsiders. Then again, we have now saved our enterprise despite essentially the most troublesome financial state of affairs, which is nice.
Now we should give attention to making ready for the brand new championship. We now have to check the potential penalties related to the quarantine measures launched within the UK, as a result of for the primary time our automobile ought to go to the observe there. However for this to occur, we want specialists from Italy, so we have to perceive what is occurring. There are nonetheless a number of weeks earlier than that, however it’s a must to give it some thought now.
Evidently the Australian Grand Prix will likely be postponed, however the race in Bahrain will happen. After we have been there late final yr, we felt protected. A really efficient system of management, checks and every little thing else was organized there. What’s going to occur now, I do not know but.
It’s nonetheless obscure what is occurring in China, so I admit that the start of the season will likely be troublesome once more. However final yr, the FOM demonstrated that it will possibly shortly provide you with another calendar model.
I could also be overly pessimistic, however I believe we are going to face difficulties within the first six months of 2021. I hope that after that we’ll see the outcomes of the vaccine affect, and the state of affairs will grow to be extra predictable. However within the first half of the yr, in my view, the state of affairs will considerably resemble final yr.