Whith its narrow streets, walls, tight turnes, the one in Monte Carlo is the most tricky Grand Prix of the season, where the concentration cannot drop even for a thousandth of a second.
It is difficult to overtake, as everyone knows, so it is good to try to take as many positions as possible during the start, and Mick Schumacher was aware of this last Sunday.
Starting last, following an accident during the third free practice session, he tried to recover a position by attacking his teammate Nikita Mazepin at the hairpin from the inside. Both rookies went round the corner wheel by wheel before the German concluded the overtake.
Later in the race, Mick Schumacher had a fuel pressure issue and the team decided to let Mazepin pass. They concluded the weekend in 17th and 18th position, with Bottas and Leclerc out. Mazepin commented on the episode that involved him and his teammate when asked by Motorsport.com:
“Yeah, it was very tight,” said the Russian.
“It was one of those corners where it's even too slow for F1, you need to pull the clutch in, so you don't drive into a car in front."
“And I just got bunched up, and I had to stay where I was. And I felt that if you're fighting for P19 or for P18, and there was a big risk of leaving both cars for the rest of the race there, and I just didn't want to go to the garage and being responsible for it. So I wanted to race fair, and the race was long.”
Then he referred to the call of the box that let him pass ahead of Schumacher and his relationship with the German driver:
“There was no confusion," he said. "I think, you know, that's how life plays sometimes."
“I was very fair in the first lap. He was very fair later on. And I think we have a good relationship in the team, and we should keep it that way.”
The stage in Monte Carlo is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and characteristic in the Formula 1 calendar. The Monaco Grand Prix it's one of a kind for the conformation of the city circuit and for the scenario in which it takes place, but above all for the level of concentration that must be maintained throughout the weekend and for the strategies of the teams.
“Obviously, with this track being so difficult to overtake, everybody stays out until there's completely no tyres left in the car. And, you know, this car with no tyres is a very sad combination, I would say," Mazepin stated.
“But yeah, I'm happy with myself, I was going into this weekend and I expected it to be challenging because obviously, when you have a difficult balance to drive at a track like Barcelona, going into Monaco is a disaster."
Mazepin said that he's satisfied with the work that he and the team did to face the weekend:
“But I'm very happy what we've done as a team. I'm very happy for my internal group that has worked very hard ever since Barcelona to understand me, and I think this weekend has showed that they understand me, and that's ultimately the success route to '22.”
He added: “A very positive day. Obviously see we need to find a lot as a team. I never had so many blue flags in my life. And that's pretty sad. But I think we'll get there.”
When he was asked about the next GP in Baku he answered:
“Well, it's a completely different challenge. We have high downforce track here, where we're lacking downforce. I think that we could have a chance there, because the engine is better this year."
“And we don't have much downforce, and you don't really need much in that kind of track. It's going to be my second time, like Monaco, and I'm just looking forward to it,” he concluded.