Nikita Mazepin disappointed with losing position to his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher at the finish line.
The Haas driver Mazepin finished 14th on Sunday on the streets of Baku. However, he was close to coming home 13th but was just 0.07 seconds away from Schumacher, who was ahead. The no.9 car driver was frustrated with the result, so he apparently turned into his teammate on the cooldown lap. That made the reigning Formula 2 champion quite angry, asking “Seriously, does he want to kill us?” via the radio.
After the race, Mazepin admitted that lack of battery charge caused loss of the position.
“The main thing was just I’m a little bit upset about losing my position to my team mate on the main straight. I ran out of battery there so I was a bit of a sitting passenger. But it is what it is,” he said.
At the same time, he was glad with the team’s finishing positions.
“I think [it’s] a nice number for the team, but obviously some unexpected situations has happened with the other drivers which enabled us to get that position. But overall, it’s quite positive,” Mazepin commented.
The 2021 rookie also admitted the race overall went well despite the brake issue.
“The race itself was not bad. Very annoying because certain things made us fall backwards.”
“The pace was there but we were experimenting with something because I had to manage the brakes from the beginning because they were overheating. I had to change my brake bias and because of the change I then was very prone to locking and I almost drove into a wall which lost me a lot of time. But so many times the race was stopped and then come to life again.”