Nikita Mazepin has said the technical side of Formula 1 is more difficult than he had anticipated.

The Russian driver has had a woeful 2021 so far, sitting ahead of only Nicholas Latifi in the standings, and generally being off the pace of his Haas teammate Mich Schumacher. He has admitted before that the technical side of F1 is hard to understand, and has now said it’s one of the most difficult things in Formula 1.

“It’s a physically mathematical difference. We as drivers are put in a position where we have to fight for every 800 grams or kilo of our weight, sometimes drinking a little bit less water to make sure that you’re as light as possible for qualifying,” Mazepin said.

“Then obviously, if you’re losing four kilos in the chassis, it’s going to make a big difference in the long straights in every circuit, like at Paul Ricard or Austria, and then we’re going to the Silverstone.”

“I’m just coming to realize that it’s a lot more complex than I would have imagined going to the beginning of this year on the technical side of things. I think as a trend, I’m pretty bad at driving cars that don’t have very much entry stability. And that’s one thing that Haas this year doesn’t have.”

“Then we try to find things that the car just doesn’t have, and then we get in a place which is quite hopeless. So yeah, it hasn’t been very beneficial. But I’m quite looking forward to being out there on a new track, which is Silverstone next time.”

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