• Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher have not had the best of relationships at the Haas F1 team.
• The duo often clashes on track fighting for the last positions.
• While Schumacher hopes to improve the relationship, Mazepin does not think they can.
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Nikita Mazepin acknowledged that it would not be a "smooth ride" for the pair through the rest of his working relationship with Mick Schumacher.
The Haas duo has clashed on multiple occasions during their rookie season, mostly because they race among themselves at the back of the field in a car that has been well off the pace.
Schumacher spoke recently about how he hopes there will be a way to diffuse the off-track relationship between the two of them, but Mazepin is not sure there is a way around it at the moment.
A lot and nothing
The Russian said on F1's Beyond The Grid podcast: "There's a lot going on. A lot, and nothing at the same time. I think it's just two young drivers who are willing to get to the top of Formula 1 and who have been put in a difficult position where, realistically, as the year goes on, more and more we can fight with each other only.
"For me, finishing P19 can be a highlight, and finishing P20 can be a very bad point of the weekend. In any other category, what's the difference between P19 and P20? But because it's like all or nothing. I think that potentially impacts his approach to me, but I struggle to see more than that. It is what it is.
"I don't know how many years we've got left together, but I don't think it's going to be a smooth ride."