Guenther Steiner says that Nikita Mazepin has not been offended by the “Mazespin” gift at the Styrian GP.
In the first races of the 2021 F1 season, Haas’ rookie Mazepin got himself a “Mazespin” nickname after a couple of incidents throughout race weekends. Of course, that put some pressure on him. The team principal Steiner wanted to take the stress off and gifted his driver a spinning top.
This might have been deemed a bit offensive for some people, but Steiner reassures that Mazepin has not had any bad feelings.
“He was not uncomfortable. He was pretty happy. You know, there is a happy Nikita Mazepin as well,” he said.
“He’s not this unhappy kid you all think he is, this miserable young man. He’s got a good sense of humour, you know?”
The team principal has also confirmed that the intention was also to show a positive side of the young driver.
“I think it was decided to be a little bit funnier. We can be also funny here,” he commented.
“It seems to be always everything on social media about Nikita is about bad things, so there can be also good things, you know? We try to use it to our advantage, and get away from the naysayers.”