The Russian made his debut with the Haas staff after having completed the 2020 Components 2 season in fifth place, with a 14th-place end within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix his greatest results of the yr in F1.
With the Haas proving the slowest automobile of the F1 discipline all season lengthy, Mazepin struggled in the back of the grid, more often than not preventing solely towards teammate Mick Schumacher.
Mazepin admits that whereas he’s prouder of how he pushed by way of a troublesome yr, he might have achieved a greater job adapting to the calls for of the game.
“I completed college 4 years in the past and that is the final time I used to be receiving marks and I do not actually miss it a lot,” Mazepin stated.
“I by no means suppose that you need to get a 5 as a result of 5 is excellence [as in Russian school marks are from 2 to 5], and I do not know what excellence is. Immediately it is perhaps wonderful however tomorrow I realise I can do one thing extra.
“So 4 is the utmost I can provide myself. So I assume 4 for sticking by way of it as a result of the occasions have been actually powerful this yr at sure factors.
“In all probability a 3 for adaptation, as a result of that is hasn’t been my sturdy level and I preserve bettering on it.”
Mick Schumacher, Haas F1, Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1
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Mazepin’s rookie season featured a number of errors all year long, together with a crash in the beginning of the Bahrain GP that he admits was one of many lowest factors of the marketing campaign.
“I used just a few completely different vehicles this yr, so actually once I used the vehicles that I’ve discovered troublesome or heavy, it was the decrease moments,” he stated, referring to having had to make use of a heavier chassis in a number of races this yr.
“Then I additionally made some errors like within the Bahrain race and another occasions once I did not really feel like I carried out effectively or I attempted too laborious after which finally misplaced my lap time like in Brazil, once I imagine that we had an opportunity out-qualifying Williams or going into Q2.
“That was undoubtedly the low moments, however the excessive moments is a… many races. I had a great race in Silverstone, in Brazil and Mexico.”