WATCH: Nikita Mazepin Earns More Respect Following an Amazing Gesture to Young F1 Fan

Published 09/29/2021, 5:36 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


Nikita Mazepin was arguably one of the most hated Formula 1 driver on the grid at the start of this season, thanks to his infamous history of on-track and off-track antics. However, as the season progresses, the Russian is slowly reclaiming respect from the fans.

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Of course, he has often taken criticisms in a rather healthy way so far. But the Haas F1 driver managed to commit a rather heartwarming act at Sochi last weekend.

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Mazepin ended up being the tour guide for a young Formula 1 fan who with Cerebral Palsy. And he did not just stop there, as he is further looking to increase the inflow of donations for such kids coping with the childhood disability.

In support of Makar and all children with cerebral palsy and their families, Nikita Mazepin has teamed up with ‘Font of Kindness’ and pledged to double the total donations made via his Instagram bio link,” the statement read.

Nikita Mazepin takes Makar on a tour around the paddock

The young Makar was welcomed by the homeboy, Mazepin, ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, and he spent his entire weekend at the Haas garage.

Ahead of the qualifying session at Sochi, Mazepin also spent quality time with the ardent F1 fan, showing him in and around the Haas car. The video also captured the Russian lifting his young fan and placing him inside the car in a bid to explain the interior of an F1 cockpit.

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Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Ultimately, after the session, Mazepin took to social media to acknowledge the presence of Makar in his garage. “Didn’t have the best of days, but at least, made one little boy happy. Puts things into perspective. See you all on race day,” Mazepin wrote on social media.

Mazepin is certainly gaining respect from the fans amidst pulling off such heart-melting moments which is helping overshadow his past. Similarly, after a poor start to the season on the track, Mazepin is finally getting a grip of his Haas and is hardly committing mistakes.

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So, with 2021 only being his rookie year, can the Russian manage to have a rather career ahead in the sport?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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