Lando Norris Calls Out Fans for Hating on Mazepin After F1 Debut Flop

Published 04/01/2021, 2:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Ever since Nikita Mazepin squeezed his way into F1, he has been gathering quite a lot of negative attention for off-track actions. He hoped to get rid of such flak by proving his on-track abilities, but things only got worse. However, he finally received some backing from fellow F1 driver, Lando Norris.

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It was a horrendous debut F1 outing for Mazepin last weekend in Bahrain. There were quite a lot of spins throughout his practice sessions, as he had to fight the struggling Haas to keep it intact on the track.

But was he able to improve over the qualifying session? Well, no.

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As the Russian charged into turn 1 during his final flying lap in Q1, he spun yet again, leaving him stranded last on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Moving on to the race, the lights went out, and Mazepin had an average getaway but kept his nose clean from any incidents until turn 1. However, as he exited turn 3, his car went a tad deeper over the kerbs. And with an already unstable rear, Mazepin spun into the wall, ending his race.

This kindled further hatred on the Russian, as fans questioned his ability to race in F1. But that only lasted for a while, as his teammate, Mick Schumacher, too, spun. Luckily though, in the German’s case, the car landed ended up on the run-off area, avoiding any damage.

Start hating on Mick as well: Lando Norris

McLaren driver, Lando Norris, showcased his disappointment in Mazepin being treated, entirely opposite to how Mick is treated, despite the fact that both the drivers spun during the start of the Bahrain GP.

While streaming on Twitch, Norris was analyzing Mick’s incident. Looking at the German’s spin, Norris sarcastically requested the fans to hate Mick as well, considering he also spun during the safety car restart.

Oh, he does spin. Yeah, go on start hating on Mick as well alright? Just because he spun. You start going ‘haha funny Mazepin’.

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“They (Schumacher and Mazepin) make it even, right? Go on everyone, start hating on him as well, alright?” he said.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Nikita Mazepin gets a lift back to the pits after retiring from the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mazepin has just not been able to catch a break since his entry into F1. And thankfully for him, there is no racing for the next three weeks. Hence, Mazepin can prep himself up and return stronger for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Although it’s too early, a couple of similar race weekend outings could force Mazepin in the danger zone. But will he end up in such a bitter position? Or will he manage to make a strong comeback over the upcoming race weekend?

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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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