Nikita Mazepin has admitted he still lacks the confidence in his Haas to be able to drive it at 100%, saying his goal is to gain experience.
Mazepin sits last in the Formula 1 championship with four rounds down, not like his uncompetitive car has helped him in that aspect. The Russian has gained a reputation for being a messy driver, which he puts down to lacking confidence in the unstable Haas.
“Being very honest [I’m] not too confident because so far I’ve struggled with the car this year,” Mazepin said in the FIA press conference today.
“I haven’t been able to extract the most out of it and the balance was appearing very late in the weekend where the grip was arriving with soft compounds. So therefore I found the car, most of the time, very unpredictable. But as you know it’s a 23-race year and we’re quite early on still, so I think getting confident in Monaco will be important, going forward.”
Monaco is widely accepted as the hardest track in the modern F1 calendar, and Mazepin hopes this will fast-track his learning in the pinnacle of motorsport.
“The goals are to make laps and to build up to it gradually throughout FP1 to qualifying,” Mazepin added. “Realistically, we need to find our ways here. It’s a driver’s circuit and driving skills, I believe, matter a lot around here.”