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Mick Schumacher

Schumacher wants 'consequences' for Mazepin after run-in

Mick Schumacher hopes there will be "consequences" for Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin following the Russian's aggressive defensive driving in the Dutch Grand Prix.

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Mick Schumacher wants to see "consequences" for Nikita Mazepin after another incident between the Haas teammates during the Dutch Grand Prix.

Mazepin got the jump on Schumacher at the start of Sunday's race at Zandvoort but Schumacher closed in as they rounded the banked final corner and charged back onto the start/finish straight for the first time.

Schumacher moved to the right-hand side of the track as he attempted an overtake, before Mazepin aggressively chopped across the front of his car, sending the German in the direction of the pit entry.

As he got off the throttle and tucked in behind again, Schumacher's front wing appeared to make contact with Mazepin's rear-right wheel. Soon afterwards, Schumacher pitted for repairs and dropped to the back of the field.

"I think it could've been better, obviously," said Schumacher, who ended the day three laps down in 18th, as he reflected on his race.

"Unfortunately, we had the early incident with my team-mate again, which I think then caused an issue with the front wing, so I had to pit early."

Pushed for his take on the clash with Mazepin, he said: "I think it is OK to block, but to a certain extent, if I already have my nose there, I think it's a bit late to then swerve and basically push me into the pit lane.

"I think I'm not the only driver he did that to today, so I'm sure that people will have a look at it, and hopefully consequences will come into play in the future."

Schumacher was criticised by Mazepin after qualifying on Saturday, the Russian describing him as "cheeky" for jumping past and gaining track position ahead of their final runs in Q1.

Asked if they had exchanged words since then, Schumacher said: "We didn't chat much today, but I think that from his point of view, I think you saw what he still thinks about it and about the whole situation.

"I think otherwise you don't react the way he did in this race today."

Schumacher admitted that this is the first time he has experienced such a situation with a teammate.

"This is quite new to me, because I feel like, normally, if you talk about it, you have a certain respect. I feel that it's quite difficult to find that at the moment," he said.

"I don't really understand why, but hopefully we'll manage to solve it."

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