“Real Gentleman”- Mazepin Lauds Vettel for His Role in Saving Him & Schumacher at Dutch GP

Published 09/05/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Sebastian Vettel was looking strong in his Aston Martin in the Free Practice sessions at the Dutch Grand Prix. But in the qualifying, it seemed like all the pace went away from the car. Also, the fact that his final push lap was interrupted by Haas driver Nikita Mazepin didn’t help his cause.

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Vettel could not get out of Q1 and will start the race in P17. The steward called Haas driver Nikita Mazepin for causing an infringement on the track but did not get a penalty as Seb came to his aid.

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He was a real gentleman with the stewards: Nikita Mazepin

As reported by Motorsport-total, the Russian driver thanked the German driver for explaining the situation to the stewards. Vettel stated that these incidents are common in the final stages of the Q1 session.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

 He was “a real gentleman” with the commissioners, “by addressing the general problem everyone has in the last corner when they brake. I have myself with him I apologize and thank you for being so honest. I am really grateful for his behavior in this situation. “

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The Haas driver furious at his teammate in Q1

Nikita Mazepin was fuming after being out of the qualifying in Q1. The Haas driver finished the session in last place but stated his teammate, Mick Schumacher, compromised his last run.

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)

“In Formula 1 teams, one weekend you are the first car, the next weekend you are the second, so I was meant to be the first car this weekend which normally gets track priority and is able to dictate the pace for the out-lap for the drivers around.

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But your team driver isn’t able to overtake you… well, it happened for the second time. He overtook me, backed me up and into Seb. So I’ll have a word with the team to see why that happened.”said Mazepin on his incident involving Schumacher and Vettel.

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Mazepin later mentioned that he has conveyed his feelings to the team as well and is annoyed with Schumacher.

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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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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