Not Hamilton or Verstappen! Mazepin Names 2 F1 Drivers He’d Pick If He was Team Boss

Published 10/10/2021, 7:24 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


Having a good driver pairing is always essential for any team to compete for wins and titles and, more importantly, to keep the integrity within the team. Therefore, the teams on the grid generally prefer to pair a young driver with an experienced one. However, Nikita Mazepin has a totally different ideology behind selecting a perfect driver pairing.

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Ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, Nikita Mazepin has revealed the two drivers he would select from the current grid if he was a team principal.

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Who did Nikita Mazepin select?

During an interview with Ziggo Sport, when asked which two drivers he would select from the grid if he was a team principal, Nikita Mazepin replied: “I would select Daniel Ricciardo.”

“To have a driver who’s always smiling. And I would select Valtteri [Bottas] because I don’t think he smiles that much,” concluded the young Russian driver.

Experienced reserve driver would be of “good help” for next season: Mazepin

The pairing of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, who will also team up together next year at Haas is by far the most inexperienced pairing on the grid. The two drivers have spent much of their rookie season in the pinnacle of motor racing at the back of the grid.

The 22-year-old Russian driver believes it could be very helpful for the American team to have an experienced reserve driver at their disposal for the next season.

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“I’ve never been asked that question and I don’t think the drivers get to choose it. I don’t think that’s correct,” said Nikita Mazepin.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 and Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

“But if I was to be asked, I think more help in the position we are at now is good help. I’m open to any solution, but Guenther is the team boss, and he needs to take these decisions, not me. I’m too young for it,” concluded Mazepin.

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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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