WATCH: Mazepin Embraces the ‘Maze-spin’ F1 Meme in Hilarious Steiner Exchange

Published 06/27/2021, 8:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Haas driver Nikita Mazepin has had a tough start to his F1 career.While his actions outside the sport landed him in controversy, his on-track performance hasn’t helped his case either. He has been at the receiving end of considerable criticism and many jokes, the most significant of which he has come to embrace.

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Right from his race first, the Russian driver has struggled to maneuver the car. He has crashed and spun several times, which has led fans of the sport to engage in some wordplay with his name; he has been given the nickname ‘Maze-spin,’ owing to his tendency to spin out in almost every race.

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Now we have two ‘Maze-spin’: Steiner to Nikita Mazepin

Funnily enough, his boss and Haas team principal Guenther Steiner, too, got in on the action.

In the video, Steiner gave the Russian a present, saying, “There is a little present for you. So, you can keep on Maze-spinning.

While opening his gift, Nikita jokingly reminded the Italian that Haas already has a ‘Maze-spin,’ pointing to himself, and saying “It’s here.”

Once the Russian realized the gift was a spinning top,  Gunther joked,” Now we have two ‘Maze-spin. So now can spin this better than spinning the car.

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Can he put on a solid performance at Styrian Grand Prix?

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Nikita Mazepin qualified 20th for the race at the Styrian Grand Prix, behind his teammate Mick Schumacher. Mazepin has struggled to get ahead of his teammate this year and consistently finished behind his fellow rookie.

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

While he can’t expect to compete at the front of the grid anytime soon, the Russian can surely aim to leave behind his German teammate. The Red Bull Ring provides overtaking chances throughout the circuit, and he can gain a couple of positions to finish the race on a high note.

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Do you think Nikita will spin out in Austria? Or will he limit his spinning hobbies to his present? Let us know in the comments!

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