“You’re in the Wrong Sport” – Jenson Button Heavily Critical of Nikita Mazepin for Dutch GP Antics

Published 09/09/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Nikita Mazepin again came under the fire for his driving at the Dutch Grand Prix weekend. He first had an incident with his teammate Mick Schumacher in qualifying and then made questionable moves on his and Sergio Perez in the race. Former F1 world champion Jenson Button called the Russian driver for his antics on the weekend.


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Button mentioned that the way Mazepin drives is not suitable and safe for F1 right now. The former McLaren recommended the Haas driver to change his driving style if he wants a long career in the sport.

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Former F1 champion criticizes Nikita Mazepin for his attitude on track

As reported by Motorsport-total, Button stated what happened on Saturday with his teammate Schumacher should not affect Mazepin on a Sunday. He continued by mentioning he should accept his mistakes and learn from them.

“You can no longer react to something like that, that’s the problem. He changed lanes extremely quickly,” said Button on Mazepin’s moves in the race.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Button gave his take on the inter-team rivalry between Schumacher and Mazepin. “What happened on Saturday plays a role. It mustn’t affect how you drive on Sunday. 

And if it does, then you’re in the wrong sport. Formula 1 is a dangerous sport. If he wants to have a long career in Formula 1, then he has to change his mind. He’s way too aggressive. You can do it. Do not react to such a situation.” said Jenson.


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But it’s about how you react to these mistakes: Jenson Button

The 2009 world champion mentioned that the Russian driver needs to learn from his mistakes. He also stated that he needs to accept the fact everybody makes mistakes, including his team and teammate.

“A team makes mistakes. We all make mistakes. Even our teammate. But it’s about how you react to these mistakes. That makes you the person and the racing driver that you are.” said the former Williams driver.


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Button concluded by saying, “You just have to talk something out. Discuss the problems, and then you come to the track the next day, and it should be a new day, looking ahead. So that you can get the best out of yourself and your team.

And I don’t think he thought that way. He just did everything to keep his teammate behind him,” 


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Despite many complaints from other drivers on track, Mazepin has not adjusted his driving style this season yet.

Does Mazepin need to change his attitude on track? Let us know.



Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.