Former F1 Driver Calls for Nikita Mazepin’s Race Suspension if Dangerous Antics Were to Repeat Themselves

Published 10/05/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


This season, Nikita Mazepin made his F1 debut with Haas. However, the Russian found himself in trouble on more than one occasion, with various drivers not taking his driving style very well.

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During a few races, Mazepin attempted dangerous maneuvers which endangered other drivers around him. While a few drivers spoke negatively about the 22-year-old, a few former F1 drivers also did the same. One of the latter is Timo Glock, who had some strong words for the rookie.

Timo Glock calls for handing a suspension to Nikita Mazepin

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During his F1 career, Glock raced for Marussia, Virgin Racing, Toyota and Jordan. Millions of F1 fans know him as the man who Lewis Hamilton passed in the season-ending 2008 Brazillian Grand Prix to win his first ever driver’s world championship.

 

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During the ongoing F1 season, Mazepin performed a few actions which didn’t sit well with some drivers, including his teammate Mick Schumacher. Some of his most prominent moments in this regard came in Baku and more recently in Zandvoort, which hosted the Dutch Grand Prix for the first time since 1985.

Recently, Glock spoke about Mazepin’s moments this season. As quoted by Speedweek, the German admitted the rookie should receive suspensions in the future if he doesn’t improve. He said, “The problem is: you only take action when it’s too late. 

“That only happens when someone drives on the back and then takes off. If that happens at the wrong moment in Zandvoort, Mick flies into the pit lane – ascending. I would take action in a timely manner. Dancing, and if he doesn’t understand it, racing suspension.” (Quotes translated by Google)

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Glock: His error rate speaks for itself

The 39-year-old further added that the sport might be overwhelming him in terms of the rules that are in place. “A lot of things come together with him, it seems as if he is overwhelmed,” said Glock. “Blue flags, reading situations – many things that he misjudges. The error rate speaks for itself.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin ahead of the Italian Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Before the Russian Grand Prix, Haas confirmed Mazepin and Schumacher as their drivers in 2022. And with seven races to go in 2021, the Russian will look to gain more experience in his rookie season before the new season ushers in a new era of F1.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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