Nikita Mazepin Reveals Why Michael Schumacher was His F1 Hero Growing Up

Published 08/17/2021, 11:21 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


It looks like Formula One fans are warming up to Nikita Mazepin. Fans have scrutinized endlessly the Russian driver since Haas F1 announced him as their new driver. Mazepin has slowly made progress into his F1 career and started to cut down on his mistakes.

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He has also showcased his sense of humor on several occasions. In a recent Q/A session on the Haas F1 team’s social media, the Russian driver revealed his favorite F1 driver growing up. The answer may surprise a few fans.

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The Russian driver reveals his F1 hero growing up

When asked about his F1 idol growing up, Nikita Mazepin mentioned the name of Michael Schumacher. This information is particularly interesting, as Mazepin’s current teammate is Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick.

“My favorite F1 driver growing up was Michael Schumacher,” reveals Mazepin. Nikita further explained why he idolized Schumacher in his early years.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 6: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the drivers parade prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 6, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“Because he was so dominating. When I was growing up, my first helmet was his replica,” mentioned Nikita.

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I’m sure we will be fighting for points at some point: Nikita Mazepin

As reported by planetf1, Haas are currently at the bottom of the standing in 2021. They have not been able to finish in the points once and only reached Q2 on one occasion in the qualifying. But Mazepin is confident that the team will fight for points soon.

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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

I think it’s never going to be easy because the other nine teams in the grid, they are not sleeping as well. Everyone wants to get those points and get those constructor positions. It’s really difficult, but I’m sure we’ll be better than this year. That’s the aim.

I’m sure we will be fighting for points at some point.” said Mazepin.

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Nikita Mazepin needs to get his act together to help the American team next season to get back in the fight for points.

Can Haas score points in 2021? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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