Nikita Mazepin, the Haas rookie, disagrees with the unspoken rules of Formula One. The Russian further spoke about his ideology of being self-dependent.
The 22-year-old had already attracted all eyes on himself during his debut season because of his aggressive driving and behavior. The rookie seems to invite a lot of trouble for himself because of his attitude.
Prior to joining Haas, Mazepin uploaded an abhorrent video, which angered the fans. Further, the F1 fans also wanted Haas to not sign the Russian. However, the rookie apologized and deleted the video.
Mazepin has issued a public apology for his poor conduct and this matter will continue to be dealt with internally by the Haas F1 Team. The ethical principles and diverse and inclusive culture of our sport are of the utmost importance to the FIA and Formula 1."
— F1 Media (@F1Media) December 10, 2020
The Haas driver again got himself into a new controversy after overtaking Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi at the Q1 of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The Italian driver claims Mazepin’s act was disrespectful.
However, the young Russian spoke up and said he never knew about such rules from his team and claims that everyone needs to think about himself in this sport.
In a post-race interview at Imola, the 22-year-old said, “Each of us has a team, the instructions of which we follow. In both cases, I followed the instructions, but there are some unspoken rules.”
“Yes, I am still learning. But in the end, I crossed the finish line two seconds before the end of the qualifying segment. If I had stayed behind him, I would not have had time for another lap. It’s unpleasant for me that it happened, but here it’s every man for himself.” The Haas rookie further added to his statement.
What’s next for Nikita Mazepin in Formula One?
After a wonderful performance in Formula Two, Mazepin got promoted to F1. He joined Haas F1 Team along with his fellow F2 driver Mick Schumacher. However, the Russian failed to make a mark in his debut F1 season.
The rookie is already famous for spinning his VF-21 in Bahrain and Imola. Mazepin’s driving style is very aggressive, which leads to such accidents. He claimed to improve his style but still, it hasn’t happened in 2021.
However, the Russian just started his career in Formula One and still got a very long way ahead to learn and improve himself. The Haas driver will mature with each passing season. Currently, Mazepin ranks P19 on the 2021 Drivers Standing with zero points, whereas his teammate Schumacher is one ahead at P18 with also zero points.
Nikita Mazepin is working with his team for the upcoming Portugal Grand Prix on Sunday, May 02. We might witness some impressive driving from the Russian at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
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