WATCH: Angry Raikkonen Flips the Bird at Mazepin During Austrian GP Practice

Published 07/02/2021, 6:32 AM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo talks in the Drivers Press Conference ahead. F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The first session is underway at the Austrian Grand Prix, and things haven’t gone to a smooth start between Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and rookie Haas driver, Nikita Mazepin.

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As the Finn was coming in to set his hot lap, Mazepin was coming into the pit lane. This maneuver made the “Iceman” lose his cool and flip out on the Russian driver.

However, this isn’t the first time that Mazepin has done such a dangerous move. The Russian has moments with Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, and even his own teammate at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this season.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Raikkonen has a narrow miss with Nikita Mazepin

As the Finnish driver was setting his time around the Red Bull Ring on Friday, Mazepin was coming back into the pits. This move by Nikita infuriated the Alfa Romeo driver, which caused him to lash out at the rookie.

It made the Finn show Mazepin the finger and called him, “f****** idiot”. It’s not often that Kimi shows his frustration on the team radio, but this incident with Mazepin certainly made his blood boil.

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Mazepin caused problems for Hamilton as well

The Russian driver caused problems for the Mercedes driver as well in Turn 3 of the track. While Lewis was on a flying lap, Mazepin was on the racing line, so Hamilton had to let go of the gas and let him by, thereby ruining his lap.

However, Hamilton didn’t have any outrage like Kimi, but rather keep his cool and let the rookie driver go ahead, even at the cost of his own lap.

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There is still time for Hamilton to improve his time, and redeem himself, but can he get a clean run and set the fastest lap?

Will Mazepin create more problems in the second session of the day, or will he be more aware of his surroundings and ensure he isn’t endangering anyone while they zip around the track.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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