From 19th place on the grid Mazepin tussled with teammate Mick Schumacher going by way of Sakhir’s first nook mixture, however then misplaced management over his automobile on the Flip 2 exit kerbs.
The Russian rookie tried to catch his automobile however veered off to the left and hit the wall, ending his F1 debut after lower than a mile.
Mazepin took full accountability for his mistake, saying he was very sorry for his group.
Mechanics with the broken automobile of Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
“My tyres have been chilly and I bought on the kerb and took an excessive amount of throttle and spun. Completely my mistake,” Mazepin mentioned.
“Very sorry for the group, as a result of they need to do a lot better than that, so yeah, very indignant with myself.
“Mick was very shut, so I used to be very targeted on ensuring we do not make contact after which bought on the kerb and took an excessive amount of throttle and misplaced the automobile. And there was no strategy to catch it again.”
Mazepin mentioned he hoped one among his “worst days” would supply one other studying expertise for him after a tough begin to his F1 profession.
“Nicely, I used to be driving one and a half days earlier than the race season begins. Everytime you go into your first weekend, you clearly study a lot so there are undoubtedly positives to take.
“I do know it sounds a bit unusual, however doing an entire weekend itself was an enormous studying expertise. Tons to take from it, but additionally one of many worst days.”
Teammate Schumacher additionally suffered a spin throughout the race within the uncompetitive Haas VF21 and took the chequered flag in 16th, one lap behind the frontrunners.
Group boss Gunther Steiner mentioned he instructed Mazepin “to maintain his head up” after his disastrous debut however was proud of Schumacher’s efficiency.
“Yeah, he was fairly beat up,” Steiner commented. “I imply, I simply mentioned to him preserve his head up and carry on going, you realize?
“It isn’t supreme what occurred however it occurred, so he beats himself fairly badly up. However he is able to go once more, so we pushed him up once more.
“In any other case, Mick did job. So at the least we achieved half of what we wished to attain.”