“You Are Having a F*cking Laugh!” – Mazepin Rages at Engineer in Monaco

Published 05/24/2021, 3:40 AM CDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Given the kind of high-pressure environment F1 races are, smooth communication between a driver and the only person they’re allowed to communicate with, their race engineer, is non-negotiable. So, when this communication doesn’t go as planned, drivers let out their frustration on the team radio, and that is exactly what happened with Nikita Mazepin this past weekend.

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Nikita Mazepin bursts into anger with the engineer over the radio

Having qualified in 19th place, that too around the tricky Monte Carlo circuit, Mazepin was already having a tough time in the Principality. So, when he was unable to do what his engineer asked him to do, the Russian lashed out at him.

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His engineer said, “Driver default, Charlie, 85, when you can. Driver default, C, 85, when you can. That is on the MFA rotary, to 10 o’clock position.”

Mazepin replied, “I cannot do it. I cannot do it.”

The race engineer further told him, “Copy that Maz. If you can move MFA to position C and then select 85 on the dash. 85, 85”

Mazepin shouted, “Repeat number again? which number!?. I cannot do it man, you are having a f**king laugh.”

“Understood. Y you’ll shortly have a blue flag for Stroll. I’ll tell you when,” the Haas engineer concluded.

How has the Russian’s season been so far?

Mazepin is one of the rookies this season on the Formula One grid. Unfortunately, driving a lackluster car, combined with the fact that this is his first year in F1, has made it quite difficult for Mazepin to perform well.

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In addition to driving at the back of the grid almost all the time, he has also crash and spun quite often, occasionally inviting the wrath of other drivers as well.

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

With no points scored at the Monaco Grand Prix this past weekend, yet again, he sits in 20th place in the driver’s standing with zero points. Mazepin would hope for a better result at Baku as they head for the next round of the championship at the start of June.

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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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