Mazepin’s F1 debut weekend went from unhealthy to worse when he misplaced management on the Flip 2 kerbs initially, veering into the boundaries and ending his first race after lower than a mile.
Mazepin took full duty for his mistake, saying his staff “deserved higher”.
Group principal Steiner stated Mazepin was “fairly beat up” after his early retirement however has no doubts the Russian will attempt to bounce again in Imola.
Guenther Steiner, Group Principal, Haas F1, with Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1
Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
“I simply stated to him to maintain his head up and carry on going,” Steiner stated.
“For certain, it isn’t supreme what occurred, however it occurred. He beats himself up fairly badly however he is able to go once more.”
When requested by Autosport if Mazepin was attempting too laborious to show his many critics improper, Steiner answered Mazepin “was in a great place” forward of his debut.
“It is a query [which] is troublesome to reply, as a result of I did not actually take into consideration that manner”, Steiner replied.
“You all the time need to show your self, proper? I do not understand how a lot it impacts you. He appeared to be fairly in a great place once we began testing.
“I would not put it down purely to that, however for certain it’s by no means a bonus to have a winter like he had.”
The Haas VF21 seems to be a tough automotive to drive on the restrict, as evidenced by teammate and fellow rookie Mick Schumacher additionally spinning through the race on his option to a distant 16th place.
“Nikita pushed a little bit bit tougher, however I feel that is his character for greater than anything. You attempt to discover the restrict and generally you go over it.
“I am not likely shocked about that, since you attempt to do the most effective you’ll be able to and clearly our automotive shouldn’t be simple to drive. I feel he is one in every of these guys, effectively, he simply tries very laborious.
“I feel each of them went on to the throttle too harsh, , they usually then went on the kerb or one thing like this. These automobiles are so highly effective and when the torque kicks in, you get a kick and you can not get well them anymore.”
Haas’ lack of competitiveness makes it a tricky surroundings for 2 newcomers and Steiner admitted his line-up’s lack of expertise carries its dangers.
“Yeah, I feel once you battle, they should be taught this combating. I feel that is right down to expertise. I don’t suppose that they may try this once more”, he added.
“They are going to spin once more, however not in the best way they did at present. This was a brand new expertise, in a race, attempting to battle with different automobiles and generally being a little bit bit too optimistic.
“However in any other case, Mick did a great job. So no less than we received half of it achieved what he needed to attain.”