Haas F1 Respond to Major Social Media Backlash on Mazepin Posts

Published 02/20/2021, 4:30 AM EST
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is in doubt for 2021 Formula 1(Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


The recently recruited Haas F1 driver, Nikita Mazepin, has been under fire since the American team announced his Formula 1 arrival late last year. Furthermore, the disgust from the fans surged up a notch following the Russian’s problematic social media video, forcing some to categorize him as the most hated driver on the current grid.

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When the issue came to light, fans were expecting to see Mazepin getting placed on the sidelines for a while. However, having dealt with the issue internally, Haas eventually announced that Mazepin would go ahead as their full-time driver.

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)

It has been a while since Mazepin last faced public outrage. So, did the opposing die down?

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Well, the answer is no. Fans are still fuming over the fact that Mazepin managed to escape the issue with just a verbal warning despite violating FIA and F1’s code of conduct.

Haas’ team principal, Guenther Steiner, too, mentioned that he is very much aware of the fans’ opinion over the controversial Mazepin incident. He also assured clarified that the Russian is learning from it and is aiming to become a better and a much-matured driver.

Haas F1 boss speaks up on the Mazepin incident

Speaking to RACER, Steiner felt that the hatred against Mazepin is still going strong. “He took immediate responsibility for his actions. He apologized,” he said.

He’s learned from this experience. He’s undoubtedly been chastened by it. And he’ll apply that moving forward in his Formula 1 career. The response on social media towards him is still strong. We’re naturally aware of that via our team posts.

Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Hamad I Mohammed – Pool/Getty Images)

While respecting that people are entitled to voice their opinions, no matter how vigorous, ass a team, we feel we have provided Nikita with the best environment to learn from this.”

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Of course, Mazepin will receive more hatred as he races around each F1 circuit through the 2021 season, but it is all about recovery from here on.

He will be hoping to recapture the trust from the massive Formula 1 fandom.

But can he succeed in his pursuit of the fans’ love and respect? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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