Schumacher responded by revealing he was allowed to overtake Mazepin and could not understand the frustration.
Asked if he believed the relationship was broken between the two, Mazepin explained: "I am Russian and the way I believe we are is that we are very direct.
"I know my place in the team, I have a team boss and I am more than happy to follow the rules because I think it is very important to be a team.
"One day the rules will play towards you, one day the rules will play against you. But it needs to be consistent so you know where you stand.
"What I don't like with people is when they are cheeky, fighting for P19. I think it just shows their true nature. I don't tolerate that.
"I will just remain being myself, regardless of the outcome and I will listen to my team boss Guenther and do as I am told until the last day of my career which is very far away."
Questioned as to whether he felt Schumacher was showing a lack of respect and was failing to be a team player, Mazepin responded: "No I don't."
Schumacher's "ultimate goal was to get in front of me"
Haas qualified on the last row of the grid after both cars lost the opportunity to improve at the end, failing to even get ahead of Alfa Romeo reserve Robert Kubica who is standing in this weekend for Kimi Raikkonen who failed a Covid test.
Pressed on why he called Schumacher cheeky, Mazepin said: "He had a good lap in mid-session and as the track was improving, there was an opportunity to improve the lap time and hopefully move a bit further down, maybe P17.
"But the actions that have been taken by the other driver made me feel at the time that their ultimate goal was to get in front of me.
"Having been faster in FP1 and FP3, he felt if I have a sh*t exit out of the last corner, we will stay where we are and ultimately I was upset about it."
What do you think?
Mick has the right to be as “cheeky” as he wishes, he was TAUGHT to drive by his father, not merely given a F1 car by an oligarch dad. And Mick is a gentleman who apologized for screwing Seb’s Q1 lap. Nikita only whined about himself. F1 is a gentleman’s sport, grow up, Nikki baby. Better yet, back to carting!
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