Mazepin is “very angry” at himself for his early exit from Bahrain – Motorsports

From 19th place on the grid, Mazepin passed the first corner combination of teammates Mick Schumacher and Sakhir, but lost control of his car on the exit curve on Turn 2.

A Russian rookie tried to catch his car, but turned left and hit a wall, making his F1 debut in less than a mile.

Mazepin took full responsibility for his mistakes, saying he was very sorry for his team.

Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21 Damaged Car Mechanic

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“The tires were cold and I got on the curb and throttled too much and spun. It’s completely my mistake,” Mazepin said.

“I’m very sorry that the team deserves much better results than that. Yes, I’m very angry with myself.

“Mick was so close that I was so focused on keeping it out of contact, then I got on the curb, took too much throttle and lost my car, and there was no way to get it back.”

Mazepin said one of his “worst days” wanted to offer him another learning experience after a rough start in his F1 career.

“Well, I was driving a day and a half before the start of the racing season. Whenever you enter the first weekend, you obviously learn a lot, so there’s a definite positive to take.

“It may sound a little strange, but doing the whole weekend was a big learning experience in itself. You can learn a lot from it, but it’s also the worst day.”

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Team mate Schumacher also suffered a spin during the race at the highly competitive Haas VF21 and received the checkered flag in 16th place, one lap behind the front runner.

Team boss Guenther Steiner told Mazepin to “keep his head up” after his disastrous debut, but said he was happy with Schumacher’s performance.

“Yes, he was hit quite a bit,” Steiner commented. “That is, I just told him to raise his head and keep going, right?

“What happened isn’t ideal, but because it happened, he beat him pretty badly, but he was ready to go again, so we pushed him up again.

“Otherwise, Mick did a good job, so at least half of what we wanted to achieve was achieved.”

– Motorsports

Mazepin is “very angry” at himself for his early exit from Bahrain Mazepin is “very angry” at himself for his early exit from Bahrain

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