Haas driver Nikita Mazepin has been around for only nine races in F1 so far and he has already collected 5 penalty points. He has often drawn the ire of the other drivers especially in qualifying when he has impeded other drivers or not maintained his position while being a part of a train of drivers about to go on a hot lap as per the “gentleman’s agreement” in F1. Mazepin has now reflected on these incidents while addressing the media in Austria
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Mazepin Critical Of “Two Faced” World Of F1
Mazepin began by looking back at his first F1 race in Bahrain
“I was made a very easy target in Bahrain qualifying and everyone made a big deal out of it at a point where I didn't know very much about qualifying itself in F1”
He then revealed that he wasn’t made aware of such an agreement prior to his F1 debut
"It was my first one and I have never raced in a category where that was applied or discussed. As a newcomer to F1, that does not get discussed in the drivers' briefing or any other meeting with drivers included”
He then pointed out how the drivers had been instructed in Austria not to slow down on the approach to turn one
“In the drivers’ briefing our race director has made new rules, saying that you have to make your track position in Turn 8 and you’re not allowed to back up in Turn 9 and 10, which means that you have to keep up the speed into those two corners”
However, that is where one of the noteworthy incidents of Q2 took place
“What I’ve seen happened in Q2, and the incident [between Alonso and Vettel], is the exact opposite. Every driver is human, they can get caught out. And they’ve been caught out. Everyone just needs to apply the same rules to each other and then it will be a happy place”
He signed off by levelling criticism against F1
“I just think F1 is a very two-faced world. If you have a big name under you with loads of championships under your belt, your actions are criticised less than if you don't”
Retired F1 driver Ralf Schumacher is “sceptical that Mercedes is better at [Silverstone], because this circuit is perfect for Red Bull”
He believes “Mercedes have an aerodynamic problem at the moment, and clearly drive with more wing to balance that. Of course, that is fatal at a circuit like Silverstone with the long straights”
He, however, cautioned that “it is always possible that at Red Bull a strategy doesn't work or that mistakes are made. A car doesn't work on every track. Red Bull could still show weaknesses”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has reiterated that they “have no intention of giving up at this stage of the season”
He added that they “will not give up at any stage of the season, unless it is mathematically no longer possible to win this championship”
Retired F1 driver turned pundit Martin Brundle knows “Mugello has a chance as a reserve. Maybe the Nürnburgring. Maybe we'll get a second race at Bahrain again”
“There was also talk of a double race at COTA in Austin. It was clear that a race in Melbourne was not going to happen”, Brundle suggested
He also pointed out that “there are still races planned in countries on the red list. Brazil is not certain yet either. It's a hell of a job for F1, and every day they are juggling around like crazy”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto feels that “the team is growing together more and more. Not only in spirit, but also in actions”
He pointed out that the “way [they] drove in the race [In Austria] was great - both the tyre management and the strategy”
Retired F1 driver Timo Glock thinks that F1 drivers “have to leave space”
“If someone tries to go along the outside and [the driver in front knows he won’t] be penalised if [he doesn't give] space, then [others will] never get the chance to overtake”
“To just open the steering wheel and send [their] colleague wide into the gravel and that way to defend [their] position, that's not racing”, Glock added
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has suggested that “you don’t want the equivalent of footballers taking a dive. [F1 needs] to avoid that” while speaking about the penalties issued during the Austrian GP
He also feels that the engine for 2025 “has to be sustainable, but it still has to be entertaining”
“Otherwise, [they] might as well start doing Formula E. Hopefully together [they] can come up with something for 2025”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen feels that Lando Norris, who is now just 2 penalty points away from a race ban, doesn’t “deserve a ban for what he did [at the Austrian GP]. It’s just not correct”
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