Mazepin Explains His Near-Crash With Hamilton in Turkey – “I Was Driving Blind”

Published 10/11/2021, 8:48 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


Despite securing pole position at the Turkish GP, Lewis Hamilton started the race at P11, thanks to an engine penalty. The Briton quickly made up places and moved into the top 5. However, halfway through the race, Hamilton was involved in a near-miss incident.

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As the Mercedes driver was charging through the field, he came across one of the backmarkers, Nikita Mazepin. The young Russian driver was shown the blue flags, but he decided not to give the inside line to Lewis Hamilton. On the other hand, the Briton seemed convinced that Mazepin should give him the way.

The duo nearly avoided the collision after the Knight moved to the outside line and then overtook the Haas driver a few hundred meters later. Meanwhile, after the race, Nikita Mazepin reveals his near-miss incident with Lewis Hamilton.

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What did Nikita Mazepin say?

As reported by Motorsport, Nikita Mazepin apologized to Lewis Hamilton and explained what happened on lap 28 at the end of the Turkish Grand Prix.

“First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize to Lewis. I am extremely sorry. I had told the team that I could not see anything from the mirrors and that I needed an adequate guide from the garage to know where the other cars were,” said Nikita Mazepin. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021. Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge.

“The problem turned out to be the water spray. In Turkey, it’s not exactly the cleanest we’ve found so far. So it flies and then dries up, not showing me anything. I was driving blind. I will definitely see Lewis and apologize directly to him,” concluded the Haas driver.

Yuki Tsunoda encountered the same problem

Yuki Tsunoda started the race P9 – two places ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Japanese driver kept Hamilton at bay for eight laps to hamper his recovery drive, which ultimately helped Max Verstappen regain his lead in the championship.

The Mercedes driver eventually passed Tsunoda on lap 9 at turn three and a few laps later, the AlphaTauri driver spun.

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“There wasn’t a clean area of ​​the track. I couldn’t see anything because of the dirt and dust,” said Yuki Tsunoda after the race.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during qualifying REUTERS/Murad Sezer.

“On the other hand, I thought I had someone behind and I started to push. I turned around and ruined my race,” added the young Japanese driver.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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