Controversial driver Nikita Mazepin was awarded the primary penalty of his Method One profession after holding up race chief Sergio Perez on the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Crimson Bull driver branded the Russian an ‘fool’ over his workforce radio after the 2 nearly got here collectively regardless of Mazepin being proven blue flags.
The FIA and stewards investigated the incident and famous that his Haas workforce had been sluggish to warn him about Perez, who was closing in to lap the 22-year-old, however nonetheless gave him a time penalty and some extent on his license.
Controversial driver Nikita Mazepin was awarded the primary penalty of his Method One profession
The Haas driver was holding up race chief Sergio Perez on the Portuguese Grand Prix
With the five-second penalty, Mazepin nonetheless completed nineteenth in the back of the grid, attributable to Kimi Raikkonen retiring the race, and his place was unchanged because of this.
Method One race director Michael Masi revealed that the penalty was awarded extra for the hazard of not getting out of the way in which reasonably than ignoring persistent blue flags.
‘It wasn’t a lot the variety of blue flags that had been ignored, it was extra so the incident which was proven on the published, on the host, with Sergio at flip three and the near-collision that was brought on beneath blue flags.
‘It wasn’t really for the variety of panels, it was extra for not successfully getting out of the way in which on the earliest alternative and almost inflicting an incident because of this.’
Mazepin’s begin to Method One has been fraught with controversy and disappointment ever since he was introduced as one of many two new drivers in Haas line-up.
His father Dmitry invested within the F1 workforce earlier than the 2021 season in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s broadly understood that Nikita benefitted from the sponsorship with a seat on the grid.
Nevertheless, instantly after he was introduced by the American workforce, plenty of followers needed the Russian gone after a video he posted to social media of him groping a lady’s breast.
Nikita Mazepin crashed after three turns of his Method One debut race for the Haas workforce
In an Instagram tales clip in December, Mazepin reaches and seems to the touch a lady sat within the again seat of a automobile in an inappropriate means. He later apologised for the video
Regardless of the robust will towards Mazepin’s involvement within the F1 season, Haas caught by their driver – however it did not get significantly better on his debut in Bahrain.
Mazepin veered off into the limitations seconds after the beginning, with the brand new Aston Martin security automobile deployed for the primary time. He didn’t seem injured and was capable of jog away from his wrecked automobile.
Sunday’s race on the Algarve Worldwide circuit was the primary time he completed a Method One race after he introduced his automobile residence in final place.