On September 23rd Haas announced that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher would drive for the team in the long-awaited 2022 season.
The two rookies haven´t scored points this season and struggle to improve from the back of the grid with a car that wasn´t developed since the team decided to focus most of their efforts and investment in 2022.
Of the two, Schumacher has shined brightest as he leads the qualifying head-to-head 13-2 against his Russian stablemate; only when the German missed qualifying because of FP3 crashes at Monaco and Hungary did Mazepin finish ahead on a Saturday afternoon. The 22-year-old has also scored the team's best result of the season with a P12 in Budapest.
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This season has been about learning for both drivers as Haas has put complete focus on the 2022 season in an attempt to be more competitive when the new regulations kick in.
Last weekend before the Russian Grand Prix Mick Schumacher explained “We can always improve. We´re still learning. We´re still trying to see how we can do things better. It´s progress that is coming over time and with the time so that when we are at the first race in 2022 we have everything perfect.”