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Mazepin apologetic over latest Schumacher clash

Mazepin apologetic over latest Schumacher clash

Mazepin apologetic over latest Schumacher clash

Mazepin apologetic over latest Schumacher clash

Nikita Mazepin has accepted he was at fault for the contact that spun his Haas team-mate Mick Schumacher during the Italian Grand Prix.

The two Haas drivers have endured a tumultuous relationship, both on and off the track in their rookie campaigns, with Schumacher recently conceding he does not expect the two will be able to resolve their issues.

As has been the case for much of the year, they again only competed with each other at Monza with Mazepin hitting Schumacher and sending him into a spin at the Roggia chicane before later retiring with an engine issue.

“He braked very early going into turn four and I just put my nose there and obviously he needed to make the corner and turn in so I’m sorry it happened," said Mazepin.

“It was my fault but a racing incident. Sometimes you put your nose there and the driver in front has to turn but you’ve got half a car there.

“Fully my mistake. It's obvious I'm not happy it happened and I was very sorry due to the front wing that was missing after that.”

Confirming an engine issue was to blame for his eventual retirement, Mazepin added: "I just lost all the power.

"I think it was dangerous for the whole unit to continue forwards and to not be able to recover it completely. The team said just to stop the car immediately. [The car was] very bad.

"I had a flat spot and half a wing plate missing so it was difficult to stop and we needed to box for a pit stop. Obviously, then the engine said goodbye.”

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