Mazepin reveals Hamilton apologized to him for FP3 incident

JEDDAH STREET CIRCUIT, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21 during the Saudi Arabia GP at Jeddah Street Circuit on Saturday December 04, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images). Credits: Haas F1 Team, LAT Photo.

Nikita Mazepin has spoken about the conversation he had with Lewis Hamilton after a near-miss during the Saudi Arabian GP FP3.

Mazepin and Hamilton almost had a big collision at the final free practice session in Jeddah – the Haas driver narrowly avoided the slow Mercedes car. As a result, Hamilton got a reprimand from the stewards for impeding. Mazepin confirmed later on that Hamilton texted him to apologize.

“[It was] not a big deal from my side, we train to have the reactions necessary to avoid these kinds of situations. Lewis has been very nice and we sent each other texts about that. He felt very sorry for what happened and he said it wasn’t the best job done from their side [Mercedes].”

Mazepin also admitted that he was impressed with Hamilton’s reaction.

“It’s really nice to see the experience in the older generation really paying attention to these things because in F2, you might never get a driver thinking about it, whereas in F1, a seven-time World Champion is, so that’s really kind from him.”

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