‘We are Educating Him’- Haas F1 Not Letting Mazepin ‘Get Away’ With Controversy

Published 01/09/2021, 12:20 AM CST
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is in doubt for 2021 Formula 1(Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Things have not gotten off on the right foot for Nikita Mazepin and Haas, with the former only recently getting a call-up to drive in F1.

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Owing to his involvement in a social media controversy, the young Russian driver quickly became a subject of immense criticism from F1 fans and pundits alike.

However, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner has now shed light and offered his two cents on the incident. He believes that Mazepin took responsibility for his own actions, which was quite important in his eyes.

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Writing in his column, Steiner stated, “He’s apologised and he knows it was wrong, and now we need to work on it to give him the best opportunity to learn from this, concentrate on his racing and ensure he doesn’t do it anymore.”

There will be consequences for Mazepin if something similar happens again, says Steiner

Steiner has a reputation for being straightforward and not mincing his words whatsoever. But clearly, he will also look to help and nurture Mazepin’s personality whilst he is on his side.

“This is a young man who needs to grow up and for sure we have dealt with this and we will continue to deal with this. We are not saying that this was OK and letting him get away with it.

“We are educating him and will keep on educating him for his future.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 18: Second placed Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Hitech Grand Prix celebrates on the podium during the feature race at the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Steiner continued, “There will be consequences if this or something similar happens again. We have put things in place that will help him to get better and make sure this doesn’t happen again; not to make the same mistake again, because this was a clear mistake.

“And he took responsibility, which for me was very important. I always say if you know what you did wrong you can do better. If you are in denial, then it doesn’t work,” concluded the Haas boss on the subject.

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The German boss will have an all-rookie lineup to manage at Haas in the 2021 season

Haas confirmed Mazepin and Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher to drive for them in the upcoming season. Shifting towards a newer approach in terms of personnel, Steiner certainly will have a challenge on his hands teaching the young F2 drivers.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 01: Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher of Germany walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

But at the same time, Steiner’s coaching and tactics will also determine how both of these drivers perform at the team. If it works out, then, by all means, Haas could have 2 capable and mature racers on their side for the future. Only time will tell, if that is indeed the case.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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