Relations between Haas Formula One rookie teammate Mack Schumacher and Nikita Mezpin reached a new level on Sunday when an angry German said the Russians wanted to beat him at any cost.
The pair clashed at the Dutch Grand Prix when Mezpin aggressively defended against Schumacher who was trying to pass, with two cars touching the end of the opening lap.
Schumacher, who claimed a new front wing, said he did not understand Muzpin’s actions.
“He seems to have this thing in his head where he wants to be in front of me at any cost,” Schumacher, son of the great Ferrari Michael, told Sky Sports Television.
“Okay, I have nothing against it, but I think if we go to a place where we defend very aggressively against a teammate where you have nothing to gain. So I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. “
Asked if he could talk through it and sort things out, Schumacher replied: “I don’t think so, to be honest.”
Haas cars are the slowest on the grid, drivers are just fighting with each other, but Schumacher said that was no excuse.
“It doesn’t justify the fact that he pushes me against the wall, and basically pushes me to get into the pants,” he said.
The pair were fighting on Saturday when Mezpin claimed that Schumacher had broken the agreement on who went first in qualifying.
Mezpin retired from the hydraulics issue and said he was worried about not being eliminated.
Retired 2009 world champion Jensen Button, attending as Sky’s pundit, said Russia was very aggressive.
“It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, it shouldn’t affect the way you drive and if it does, you’re in the wrong game because it’s a dangerous game,” said the British.
“If he wants a longevity in his career in F1, he needs to change his attitude because it’s very aggressive. You can’t react so much to any situation.”