“It’s Not Coming Home!” – Mazepin Trolls England Ahead of Euro 2020 QFs

Published 07/01/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


While the Formula One season rolls on, it seems football fever is gripping the paddock. With Euro 2020 ongoing across various cities in Europe, several F1 drivers took to social media to show their support for their home teams.

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One of those drivers was Hass F1 Team’s Nikita Mazepin. Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, the Russian revealed the one team he hopes doesn’t win Europe’s biggest football tournament.

Nikita Mazepin admits he doesn’t want England to win Euro 2020

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The Russian is competing in his debut season with Haas in F1. Despite showing flashes of pace, Mazepin remains one of four drivers yet to score a point this season.

Unfortunately, Mazepin saw his home country Russia knocked out of the tournament in the group stages itself. However, he admitted to F1 journalist Chris Medland that he hopes England’s ‘It’s coming home’ chants don’t turn out to be true.

He said, “Everyone around me keeps telling me it’s coming home, so I’m really hoping it’s not coming home!”

In addition to that, the Russian also revealed he supports Ukraine since he has lots of friends from there. With Ukraine taking on England in the quarterfinals, fans now know whose side Mazepin is on!

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Can Mazepin upset the odds at the Austrian Grand Prix?

While the Russian is yet to score points this season, he isn’t last in the driver’s championship; that unwanted statistic belongs to Williams’ Nicholas Latifi. However, Haas‘ pace this season is arguably the worst among the grid, which may continue Mazepin’s struggles this weekend.

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

In addition, the Russian is yet to make it out of Q1 this season, which his teammate Mick Schumacher at in the French Grand Prix. However, F1 continues to own the element of surprise as seen with George Russell last weekend in P8 before he was forced to retire.

Could Mazepin finish ahead of his teammate along with a few others on July 4? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, 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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