The 2021 Formulation 1 season has come to an finish, so it is time to take inventory for the drivers, particularly with regard to the three rookies. Certainly one of them, nevertheless, suffered greater than the others … Driving the worst single-seater on the grid, Nikita Mazepin did not spark any sparks, even much less vis-à-vis his teammate Mick Schumacher, who ‘he has by no means crushed regularly in qualifying. The steadiness of energy was rather less unbalanced within the race, however Mazepin nonetheless completed the 12 months in 21st and final place within the championship, with 14th place as the most effective outcome.
The Moscow native is nonetheless glad along with his efficiency this 12 months and assesses himself positively utilizing the Russian scoring system (which ranges from 1 to five, with 1 getting used extraordinarily not often).
“I completed my education 4 years in the past, and that is the final time I obtained grades. I do not miss that a lot.”, feedback Mazepin. “I by no means suppose you must have 5, as a result of 5 is excellence, and I do not know what excellence is. It could be glorious right now however tomorrow I notice that I can do higher. “
“4 is probably the most I may give myself. So I might say four, as a result of I held on regardless of actually onerous instances this 12 months at instances. In all probability a three for the variation, as a result of it was not my sturdy level, and I hold getting higher at it. “
Mazepin rapidly created a nasty status, given the unenviable nickname of Mazespin (spin that means head-to-tail in English), after having achieved a minimum of eight spins within the first two Grands Prix … however solely 14 on the set of the following 20. His off the monitor on the primary lap of his inaugural race, in Bahrain, stays in any case a nasty reminiscence – alongside a chassis barely heavier than that of his teammate, of which he has complained on a number of events.
“I’ve used a number of completely different automobiles this 12 months. The instances after I used the automobiles that I discovered tough or heavy had been undoubtedly the worst. And I additionally made errors like within the Bahrain race, and in different Grands Prix the place I do not suppose I carried out nicely, or the place I attacked an excessive amount of and ended up dropping my time like in Brazil, when for my part we had an opportunity to beat Williams or transfer into Q2. “
“These had been actually the dangerous instances, however the highlights are… a number of races. I had an excellent race at Silverstone, Brazil and Mexico.”, he concluded, though he was useless final with 76 seconds behind Nicholas Latifi in Mexico Metropolis.
Interview by Oleg Karpov