Mazepin Still Getting Used to ‘Humble’ F1 Realities With Haas

Published 06/01/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Haas’s rookie driver, Nikita Mazepin is having a tough first season in Formula One, to say the least. He hasn’t been able to score a single point this season, and has even struggled to stay at the back of the pack, often ending up in crashes. Having finished P5 in last year’s F2 championship, Mazepin has stated that he is not used to being at the back but is learning from this strange experience.

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The Russian driver hopes to quickly improve on his performance and bringing much need results for his team. While he can’t expect to lead the grid anytime soon, he can surely try to match up to his rookie teammate, Mick Schumacher.

Nikita Mazepin shares his strange learning experience in Formula One

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As quoted by GPFans, Mazepin said, “To be maximumly honest with you, it is a bit of a strange one. I am a racing driver and I have always, in my racing career, fought for the top places whether that was in karting or in the junior categories.

“Having a positive weekend and qualifying P19 is something that is new to me still but at the same time, this year was always going to be difficult and I think we need to stay humble and remember what is our maximum.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“Our maximum [in Monaco] was to keep it on track and improve the lap time from FP3 and I did both of those. No such thing as relief but definitely helping to keep a positive edge going into 2022,” the Haas driver concluded.

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How is the Russian feeling ahead into Azerbaijan?

In his previous race at the Monaco Grand Prix, Mazepin didn’t have the best of weekends. He qualified in 19th place and finished the race in 17th. So, Mazepin is hoping that when he zips around the streets of Baku, he can deliver a better result.

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The 22-year-old hopes that he can extract the most out of the lackluster Haas car and score his first points of the season. The Russian is having a rough time in his debut season on the grid but he can learn from his mistakes and do better as the season progress.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during qualifying REUTERS/Juan Medina

Will the rookie driver be able to take lessons from his previous races and improve on them or will he continue to struggle in his first year in the pinnacle of motorsport? Only time will tell, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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