Mazepin competed in F1 for the first time this season, so he does not work like an experienced driver in all situations-obviously. But the Russian has scored 7 times in his first six quarters. He fell off the track, knocked the car off, and broke it. Many people tried to defend him, but the argument gradually disappeared-Mazepin has not yet provided any reason to answer his opponent.
When Nikita Mazepin entered Formula One as a rookie last December, thousands of fans signed a special petition to remove him from the Haas team. Mainly about the scandal and sexism in the video he posted on Instagram. He sat in the car and began to touch the breast of the undressed woman, her middle finger pointed at the camera, and the camera was covered with a Russian phone. Later, Ma Zeping apologized to his band and fans, but he still remembered it.
For many fans, this is an opportunity to express opposition to the Russians, who have been annoyed by their behavior a long time ago. As a Formula 1 driver for a weekend, he defeated Calum Ilotta in the paddock, who later had dark eyes and a swollen jaw. He also proposed a dangerous and very irresponsible driving style.
Therefore, in Formula One, it is undesirable from the beginning. Why is he here? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Haas team has encountered huge financial problems in recent months. So far, the owner, Gene Haas, has paid most of the franchise-related affairs with his own money. It is difficult for him to find a major sponsor, but Mazepin’s existence is solving this problem. His father, Dmitry Mazepin, was a Russian businessman and the owner of Uralkali. She became a sponsor of Haas, so the American team can participate in this series, although of course this is related to the addition of Nikita Mazepin as a basic driver.
However, the Russians have an uneasy life. He joined a team that did not perform well last season, and in the new season, they seem to remain at the level of the three worst teams in the field. “I’m surprised that Gene Haas is still in the series and still has to spend a lot of money to participate in all of this.” After all, there was no result. The epidemic caused his business to suffer a lot of losses, and he still chose to pay a lot of money to drive F1. He will not be in the high position this season, he will be in the low position, I think he knows that. He has brought Uralkali to the team, brought by the second driver Nikita Mazepin. This is a must, but I don’t know how it will end or whether Haas will soon become a Russian band. It’s possible, but it’s too early to discuss it-reporter and author of Formula One, Maurice Hamilton, pointed out in an interview with Sport.pl.
Mazepin has proven in Bahrain two aspects that are very important to perceive his situation-Haas’s car is difficult to drive and sometimes can’t even stay on the track, and Mazepin does not have the skills that enable him to manage to achieve good results. Quite the opposite: The Russian was driving very badly and his debut lasted only 27 seconds. After that, the driver fell off the track from Turn 3 of the Sakhir track, causing the car to hit the obstacle.
Previously, he had turned four times in training and qualifying, causing a sensation. After the spin, his car stopped at the end of the starting straight and raised the yellow flag, which meant that the starting driver had to slow down significantly and therefore lost the opportunity to improve performance in most cases. Then, Ma Zeping tried to start his own measurement circle, and had to pass several cars behind each other in a row, and created a space for himself to make a quick circle. An unwritten rule between drivers states that you should not leave the line even if you are not one lap before the end of the session. However, Ma Zeping violated this rule.
After a three-week break, the drivers resumed racing at the Imola Circuit in Italy. On the first lap of Friday’s practice match, Ma Zeping showed himself from the wrong angle. Then he fell off a corner and found himself in a gravel trap. After a while, he managed to leave and continue to attend the meeting. However, on the last lap, at the end of the race, he ran too far in the last corner of the track. After slipping, he hit a wall on the starting straight and broke the car.
Haas boss Guenther Steiner confirmed that the condition of his car will enable him to perform in the second training before Emilia-Romagni GP, but this does not change the fact that the two incidents involving Mazepin have a negative impact on his image. This driver has been called the worst driver in the current race by many fans and even reporters, but the situation will only get worse.
There is no longer any analysis of whether it is actually making a mistake or a car that is difficult to drive has a decisive influence. Faced with so many problems, it is easier to believe that the Russian does not have the skills to drive a Formula One car. He is a driver with a bright future in this series. In particular, it will be very difficult to make significant progress on a car like Haas, which will allow him to stay in the field longer. And even in the team funded by his father, the mistakes he made this season will not be continuously forgiven.