“The Streets Will Never Forget” – F1 Twitter Goes Crazy as Mazepin Wins Fastest Lap Award at Belgian GP

Published 08/29/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
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


The Belgian GP was one for the books. So short, yet so long at the same time. However, in the two laps of racing behind the safety car, something odd happened. The scoreboard lit purple as Nikita Mazepin made the fastest lap.

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Soon after the race start the red flag was called; the track was too wet for a proper race. As Masi called the race restart off, in an unexpected realization, Mazepin goes home with the fastest lap. He doesn’t get the point though, finishing the race in P17 but still holds bragging rights for the achievement.

Happy nonetheless, Haas F1 posted a rare picture of a happy Russian with the addition of the Rolex Fastest Lap Award tag.

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A Williams on the podium and a Haas with the fastest lap, the second half cannot get any crazier. As expected, Twitter had a field day.

New chassis magic for Nikita Mazepin?

Haas gave the Russian driver a new chassis for the Belgian GP. In Austria, Mazepin complained about the disadvantage he had for having a heavier chassis than his teammate. Haas confirmed ahead of this weekend that they had looked into the problem and provided Mazepin with a new chassis.

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Team Principal Guenther Steiner wasn’t too sure it will make a difference. Steiner said, “It’s a homologated chassis. So it will be very similar… But performance-wise, I mean, we will see if there is a difference.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Steiner argued that they will only see the effects of the change on the track. Since there wasn’t much of a race at Spa, it’s unsure if the pace was because of the chassis or because other drivers were driving extremely cautiously.

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Either way, it’s a Maze-win for Nikita, especially in his rookie season. As the internet takes over the Belgian GP, without a doubt, the Nikita Mazepin memes will come rolling in. The streets will never forget- at least for now.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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