WATCH: F1 Driver Nikita Mazepin Crosses Paths With UFC Legend Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 08/23/2021, 3:40 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed after his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


After the conclusion of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 1 entered its summer break. The drivers are in relaxed mode and recharging their batteries for a hectic second half of the season. And so is the Haas F1 driver, Nikita Mazepin, who recently met Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Taking to Instagram, Mazepin uploaded an image from his official Instagram account with his fellow compatriot and former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Mental health played a pivotal role in dealing with criticism: Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin has had a disastrous start to his rookie season in F1. The young Russian was involved in several controversies on and off the track. Since the start of the season, Mazepin has struggled to maneuver his car and as a result, he was involved in several crashes and spun frequently. Eventually, the young Russian was given the nickname: ‘Maze-spin’.

Meanwhile, when asked about his mindset and whether he was gaining confidence, Nikita Mazepin told GPFans Global, “I went through some difficult times, some learning times.

“I think mental health is an important thing. There are people out there who are struggling much more than me, so I can’t really complain. At the end of the day, when I turn up to a racetrack in Bahrain, everything is new to me.”

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021. Haas’ Nikita Mazepin ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“I think the confidence you’re referring to is more to do with me not being confident in driving that very fast new car that I only had one-and-a-half days of testing in.

“Obviously, it’s one thing testing. The other thing is 19 very fast drivers around at a very high speed. Life’s a big learning curve. I’m just getting better in everything I do and try to improve as the day goes on,” added Mazepin.

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As the season progressed, the Russian did seem to struggle less. Can he continue on the same trajectory and out-perform his teammate, Mick Schumacher, in the second half of the season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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