Guenther Steiner has backed Nikita Mazepin in his latest feud with Mick Schumacher, saying his move on the German was not a “nasty” one.

Following their qualifying antics in which Mazepin felt Schumacher had been “cheeky” in passing him as they queued, the Russian driver made it clear he would not “tolerate” that sort of behaviour.

He told F1-Insider: “I don’t like people who are cheeky and who show their true nature in the battle for 19th place. As long as I drive in Formula 1, I won’t tolerate that.”

A day later the tables were turned with Schumacher left angered by his team-mate’s actions.

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