Nikita Mazepin Calls Out Lewis Hamilton for Breaking the Gentlemen’s Code in Baku

Published 06/06/2021, 4:54 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Haas Nikita Mazepin has had a rough start to his F1 career and has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He has faced heavy criticism for his spins, crashes, and controversies, all of which have led to him being labeled the ‘bad boy’ of F1.

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However, he believes that all drivers should be held to the same standards, and other drivers, Lewis Hamilton in this context, should be called out for the things Mazepin himself is criticized for.

The chaotic Q1 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix left many drivers, including Nikita, frustrated. The Russian was understandably fuming when Lewis Hamilton passed him on his out lap. And so, he implored his critics to hold Hamilton accountable for not honoring the gentlemen’s agreement in Baku.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 4, 2021, Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Rules should be the same for everyone: Mazepin on Lewis Hamilton

Mazepin was asked by GPFans Global if the situation after the red flag restarts and the out laps was confusing for the drivers. “ No, the situation is very clear for me,” said the Russian.

He has been called out several times for not honoring the gentlemen’s agreement, but he feels that other drivers are not criticized when they do the same.

But in this case, I would like to address all those people who have criticized me and ask to criticize those people as well because if rules are rules, then they should be the same for all drivers.

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

I watched the best in the sport do it like Lewis, like Checo [Perez], and I didn’t see much discussion going on there. No hard feelings but let’s choose a route we would like to go down in F1.

Did Haas miss out on potential Q2?

Haas has been around a second off the other teams in Baku. But the start of the Q1 session presented Haas with an unlikely chance to get into Q2. When the session was in its initial phases, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll crashed into the wall at turn 15. This brought out the first red flag.

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The same happened with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi as he too crashed at the same place. This presented the Haas drivers to aim for Q2. Unfortunately, they were still a second off and missed out on the opportunity to qualify higher up the order.

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Upon being asked if he felt Q2 was achievable, he replied: “Looking at the final times, no, but in the session, I thought so.” said Mazepin.

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Do you think Haas missed out a chance to qualify further up in Baku? Comment below to let us know.

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