Emilia Romagna GP: Mazepin Justifies Q1 Tussle With Giovinazzi in F1 Qualifying

Published 04/18/2021, 2:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Antonio Giovinazzi and Nikita Mazepin may not be in each other’s good books at the moment. During the first qualifying session on Saturday, Mazepin came in the way of Giovinazzi as he was trying to set a lap, which annoyed the Italian driver. However, Mazepin said he was just concerned about his lap times and nothing else.

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It wasn’t an easy weekend for the Haas driver, as he had a difficult time around the Italian circuit. The Russian driver didn’t make it out of Q1 and will start the race from 19th place.

Nikita Mazepin is well aware of the gentleman’s code

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As quoted by Autosport, Mazepin stated, “In F1 it is a bit difficult as there’s 20 cars, obviously in segment one, which is where we are. Everyone is going out at the same time and the track is just not big enough for all of us.

“We had this chat about the gentlemen’s agreement and obviously I didn’t have a problem with that. But when there is three seconds on the clock, it is either you go or you have to box, and you’re going across the start/finish first.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“So I don’t think there’s an issue with it. I’m here to do my laps and, you know, we are all in the same world.”

Giovinazzi didn’t appreciate what Mazepin did in Q1

While the Alfa Romeo driver was pushing the limits of the car, trying to make it out of Q2, Haas’s rookie driver interrupted him. It sabotaged the Italian’s lap time, which he understandably had a problem with.

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Giovinazzi said, “It’s quite clear. We respect each other on this, starting the lap, and he didn’t respect this. This is really not correct for a qualifying lap. I didn’t make my last lap.”

Do you think Antonio will redeem himself and right the wrongs of Saturday’s qualifying session? We are just hours away from the second race of the championship. Who do you think will come out on top? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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