Nikita Mazepin has insisted his manoeuvre that angered team-mate Mick Schumacher in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was just “a misunderstanding”.
On the run to the chequered flag in Baku, Schumacher overtook his Haas colleague for 13th place as the two rookies both achieved their highest finishing positions in Formula 1.
But as he did so, the German found himself squeezed up towards the right-hand wall of the long pits straight as Mazepin jinked across in a defensive move.
Schumacher immediately gestured at his team-mate and got on the team radio, saying “What the f*** was that, honestly? Seriously, does he want to kill us?”