Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, spoke about the door Nikita Mazepin gifted him at the weekend of the Austrian Grand Prix, revealing it was part of a Russian tradition to return gifts.
Steiner had gifted Mazepin with a spinning top, in light of the latter’s newfound internet nickname of ‘Maze-spin’, and jokingly asked him to spin the top than the car. He also explained how the door was gifted due to an incident back in 2019, at Silverstone.
The incident was broadcasted in the Netflix series Drive to Survive, based on the F1 season, where after a lap 1 incident involving Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, invoking Steiner’s wrath and him reacting, saying ” he does not **** smash my door” to Magnussen slamming the door.
“The door was a present because of two years ago, because of what happened with Kevin. Romain [Grosjean] was not involved in that one, he was the good guy this time, Romain,” Steiner explained.
“Apparently, in Russia, if you get a present, you need to give a present back,” Steiner told. “So, we gave him the present of the Mazespin, of this game, so his present back was the door.”
When Steiner gifted the spinning top, he jokingly said that “it’s better than spinning the car”, leading to Mazepin coming back on his own, gifting Steiner a door with the text ‘ *** smash door’.
“We gave him the present of the Mazespin, of this game, so his present back was the door,” Steiner said. “Nikita thought I needed a new door.”