This weekend there was one of the great controversies of the year. While Czech Pérez I was leading the Grand Prix of Portugal, the blue flags flooded the circuit. Nikita mazepin, which was last, was going to be dubbed by the Mexican who was looking to reach the podium for the first time this year. However, the Russian did not do much to avoid stopping Checo, who insulted him on the radio. «It was my mistake»Nikita admitted after the incident.
Because he did not heed the blue flags shown by the stewards, Nikita Mazepin was severely sanctioned. Five second penalty due to ignoring flags and blocking a driver who was fighting for victory. According to the Russian pilot’s explanation, the team Haas He did not warn him that the leader was coming from behind, although he also took charge of the situation.
It’s simple: I made a mistake. We switched to Plan C mid-race, I think I was the only one to make two pit stops so I was hoping to hit the track and be alone. I haven’t really received a warning from the team, but I’m not looking for any excuses. It was all my fault and I apologize to Checo for what happened, “said the Russian after the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Mazepin is not having the dream debut. The Russian is usually the last driver on the grid, and this Sunday he finished more than a minute behind his teammate, Mick schumacher, which was antepenultimate. In Mazepin’s defense, the car he drives is the slowest on the grid, although he always ends up far behind Schumacher despite having the same car.
Experience will give Mazepin better results over time. However, the Russian pilot is far from having the support of his colleagues and the world of Formula 1. There is no doubt that the help of his father (financial) was essential for him to be in the seat of the Haas team, which he saw in Nikita, a fundamental monetary help to stay in the paddock.