Haas F1 Owner Reveals Steiner Called Mazepin an “Idiot” After Controversy

February 20, 2021 2:34 pm

There is no other driver that is as hated in F1 circles as Haas F1’s Nikita Mazepin is at the moment. The Russian’s conduct on and off the track has been poor and has brought the sport into disrepute.

Fans of the sport don’t miss out on any opportunity to remind the team that they should get rid of the 21-year-old as soon as possible after a video emerged showing his misbehavior. However, the American team continues to back him and they hope he learns from it.

Team owner Gene Haas affirmed that they have dealt with the matter seriously. He said, “Our response to it was I think Guenther told him that he was an idiot and you can’t do things like that and it was totally unacceptable.”

He added, “I think he got a lot of criticism from all sides that just piled on him — he’s 21 years old, for a young man the deluge of criticism must have been difficult to take, so I’m hoping it’s a good lesson learned.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Second placed Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Hitech Grand Prix celebrates on the podium during the feature race at the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Mazepin will need to to climb a mountain in order to restore some respect to his name. No matter what he does, he will always have this cloud over his head and it’s unlikely that opinions about him may ever change. He will have to perform ridiculously well in order to get people talking about him in a positive light.

Haas owner acknowledges social media backlash over Nikita Mazepin

With every post the team puts out over their social media, especially those regarding the Russian, the most common type of comment calls for Nikita to be axed. Gene is fully aware of this; however, dropping him isn’t the right call according to him.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

He said, “We’ll just have to see how that goes. The social media response from all kind of groups was extremely strong, wanting us to execute him for what he did, but that didn’t feel like the right course either.”

Only time will tell if Mazepin, who recently completed his seat fit, can deliver on the trust placed on him. On the track, positive results might be hard to come by. They seem set to contend with Williams and Alfa Romeo for the wooden spoon at the back of the grid.

Will Mazepin be able to change people’s opinions about him? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ronan Carvalho

Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College. Being an experienced voice on the sport, he has nearly 1000 Formula 1 articles to his name. Having fallen in love with cars at a young age, he soon became an ardent lover of the F1 series and claims Kimi Raikkonen to be his favourite driver and Spa to be his favorite track, thanks in a large part to the thrill of watching cars go through Radillon (yes, not Eau Rouge). However, he doesn't let his biases get in the way of his writing, delivering objective and precise articles to fans of the sport both new and old.

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