Nikita Mazepin Unfazed by Haas’ Poor Form Ahead of F1 Debut

Published 02/11/2021, 6:40 AM EST
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is in doubt for 2021 Formula 1(Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Haas have had a tough run over the last couple of years on the grid. The American team claimed an impressive P5 finish in 2018 but have since finished P9 in 2019 and 2020. After the 2020 season, the team revamped their drivers’ lineup, hoping to bring the team around.

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The team signed young Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher for 2021. Even though they’re hoping to have a better season, Guenther Steiner has clarified that the team will continue to struggle because of the poor starting base of their 2020 car.

However, Mazepin stated that Haas’ struggles will not affect his enthusiasm for the F1 debut.

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“I’m very much looking forward to it because graduating to F1 is going to be exciting regardless of how the performance of the car is. I think at this stage in my career, being a young driver, it’s irrelevant to speak whether the car is good or not.”

“I’m obviously aware that the team has had a difficult year, however, my focus is on getting ready for F1,” the Russian clarified.

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The Russian admits that such a long season is going to be very hectic on the drivers, especially for the ones making their debut. “The calendar is going to be also almost double what I’m used to so those are the challenges that are ahead of me and that is my focus for now,” he said.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 18: Second placed Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Hitech Grand Prix celebrates on the podium during the feature race at the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Nikita Mazepin ran into a serious controversy following the announcement of his F1 promotion. The controversy almost had the Russian lose his Haas seat however, the team continued the season with a similar lineup.

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The American team is desperately hoping for a turnaround because a couple more bad seasons could shut the team down for good. Do you believe Mick and Nikita will be the Haas’ knights in shining armor?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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