Haas drivers 'cleared the air' after last lap near clash

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Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have "cleared the air" following a dangerous maneuver by the latter over his teammate on the run to the checkered flag in Baku.

The pair were engaged in a fight for P14 in the final two laps of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the restart, with Mazepin heading Schumacher.

However, the German got a run on his teammate as they charged down the main straight to the finish line, but Mazepin suddenly weaved towards Schumacher who nevertheless got the better of the Russian, beating him to the checkered flag by just 0.07s.

But an angry Schumacher immediately radioed in to complain about Mazepin's antics.

"What the fuck was that, honestly?" he said. "Seriously, does he want to kill us?”

"Understood Mick, chequered flag," replied his engineer.

Mazepin revealed that he had ran out of battery energy on the run towards the checkered flag and felt frustrated to lose the position.

"The main thing is I’m a little bit upset about losing my position to the teammate on the main straight," Mazepin said.

"I ran out of battery there, so I was a bit of a sitting passenger, but it is what it is."

Addressing the incident in Haas' post-race press release, Steiner said the Mazepin's maneuver had been the result of a "misunderstanding".

"There was a situation on the straight, that was all resolved, and we’ve cleared the air," Steiner said. "There was some misunderstanding, but we’re fine and all moving on from it."

However, Steiner might not have heard the last of the issue as the near run-in drew the scrutiny of FIA race director Michael Masi who will "have a look at it in the fresh light of day and, if necessary, I will have a chat with the team and the driver concerned".

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