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Mazepin lacks respect in qualifying, says Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy and Alfa Romeo Racing talks in a Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 15, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

Antonio Giovinazzi has said Nikita Mazepin had no respect during Formula 1’s qualifying at Imola, as the Russian had a run-in with the Italian at the end of Q1.

Mazepin used Giovinazzi’s slipstream to get past Giovinazzi while going to the start/finish line at the end of Q1. This made the Italian get angry against the Russian for ruining his lap, saying that Mazepin had no respect.

“It’s quite clear,” he said. “We respect each other on this, starting the lap, and he didn’t respect this. This is really not correct for a qualifying lap. I didn’t make my last lap.”

Mazepin, however, defended his actions, saying it was either going for the move and coming across the start/finish line or pitting.

“In F1 it is a bit difficult as there’s 20 cars, obviously in segment one, which is where we are,” said the rookie. “Everyone is going out at the same time and the track is just not big enough for all of us.

“We had this chat about the gentlemen’s agreement and obviously I didn’t have a problem with that. But when there is three seconds on the clock, it is either you go or you have to box, and you’re going across the start/finish first.

“So I don’t think there’s an issue with it. I’m here to do my laps and, you know, we are all in the same world.”

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