Mazepin disappointed for missed wet weather experience

Nikita Mazepin in Spa 2021. Credit: Haas Media

Nikita Mazepin also understands why the Belgian GP was cancelled, but he would have liked to have a race in the rain. That would have increased his experience.

Firstly, Mazepin, like many other drivers, thanked the fans that waited several hours in the rain for a race that then lasted only two laps.

Along with his teammate Mick Schumacher, the Russian is also an F1 rookie and, in his opinion, would have needed the experience of a rain race since such a situation does not happen so often. In the end, however, he was still happy that the race ended with the red flag.

“It would have been the same for everyone, and I think if there’s one year to drive and make mistakes and sometimes spin that’s this year. Obviously F1 is an incredible sport where you cannot provide the training sessions you sometimes want so the only training you can get is in the race, and unfortunately we didn’t get any.

“It wasn’t the best day for us but I can imagine for the fans it was even more difficult because I saw some of them didn’t even have an umbrella, and with the amount of water the skies have given us they must be soaking wet.”

Along the way, Mazepin also set the fastest lap of the shortest race in F1 history. However, this is not taken into account, as the final ranking is based on the results from lap 1. Nevertheless, the Russian made a lot of new experience off the track, with all the waiting, having chosen an unorthodox approach to pass the time.

“That’s what we are paid for as a driver, you’ve just got to hang about and sometimes the race continues, sometimes it doesn’t, but clearly the conditions just didn’t change.

“I went for a nap, Lando-style!

“But I was alert, I had my headphones with the team very close to me. Normally my engineer is quite direct so he shouts and you wake up quicker than you know.”

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