2021 Spanish Grand Prix Press Conference Driver Pairings: Mazepin and Perez Face-off in Barcelona

Published 05/06/2021, 4:47 AM CDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo


So far in the 2021 Formula One season, only three races have wrapped up and the fourth, the Spanish Grand Prix, is up next. However, Sergio Perez already seems to have found a rival on the track, and it is an unlikely one. Apparently, he and Nikita Mazepin fell afoul of each other on multiple occasions on the racetrack.

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Admittedly, they haven’t exactly collided with each other. However, they have gotten in each other’s way during practice or qualifying.

Naturally, this has led to multiple ugly exchanges. While Mazepin did apologize for the last encounter, things don’t seem all too rosy between the two. Unfortunately for them, they may have to face the music at the Spanish Grand Prix press conference this weekend.

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F1 recently released the Thursday press conference line-up for the weekend. And as part of this year’s initiative to have random driver pairings for the pre-race press conference instead of making teammates sit together, F1 decided to have Perez and Mazepin face the media together.

One of the biggest highlights is the Spanish reunion between Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso. Ironically, both of them have driven each other’s cars, though that is another story altogether.

Another tasty line-up is Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

While Sainz and Alonso are set to open the show, Mick Schumacher and Valtteri Bottas follow them. Next on the list are Yuki Tsunoda and Max Verstappen, followed by Lance Stroll and Lando Norris.

Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc find themselves in the hot seat up next, with Sebastian Vettel and Nicholas Latifi coming in after them.

Esteban Ocon and George Russell are the next pair, followed by Ricciardo and Hamilton. After Perez and Mazepin, the Alfa Romeo duo of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen will wrap up the show.

What to expect from the Sergio Perez-Nikita Mazepin encounter?

Interestingly, the Russian and the Mexican driver have been paired up for the presser. This opens up so many avenues, especially in terms of them getting in each other’s way on the racetrack. Hopefully, things should not get too heated between them, as Mazepin and Sergio Perez try to iron out any issues between them.

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This weekend is the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. One would hope that the Haas F1 driver and the Red Bull driver stay out of each other’s way. Nikita Mazepin does not need to make any more enemies, and Perez is also on the same boat.

Admittedly, Perez also needs to buck up and try to keep up with Verstappen. It is not that Perez is incompetent; he is far from it, if we’re being honest. However, the statistics all show that the Dutchman has gotten the better of him on a number of occasions in 2021.

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