Guenther Steiner isn't buying into Nikita Mazepin's assertion that Mick Schumacher holds an advantage over the Russian due to being a Ferrari Driver Academy.
The two rookies are settling into life at their new surroundings at Haas, having made the jump up from F2. However it looks like it will be a long season for both with Haas making it clear they won't be developing this year's car ahead of sweeping new regulations in 2022.
Mazepin, who has struggled so far this season, recently stated that Schumacher is helped by the fact that he gets more time in an F1 car and the simulator at Maranello due to being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, a notion that Steiner disagreed with.
"I wouldn't say that its an advantage," Steiner told RTL Germany. "Nikita also drives the simulator. Driving is always good as you always learn something from it.
"But you don't get much out of driving a two-year-old car at Fiorano. It's certainly not a disadvantage for Mick, but it isn't a huge advantage either."
Steiner believes Mazepin's statement may be a result of his struggles so far rather than any sort of disadvantage.
"If you put yourself in his position it all goes into the psyche," Steiner added. "He [Schumacher] is driving more, so that certainly doesn't help then."