Günther Steiner on Mazepin: “That surprised me”


Haas team boss Günther Steiner had his hands full with Nikita Mazepin last year. Even before the start, the Russian caused the anger of the fans – and it lasted a surprisingly long time.

Nikita Mazepin received a long-lasting shitstorm on social media when a video made the rounds of him touching a girl in the backseat of a car. Although the video was quickly deleted and the Russian apologized, the anger about his behavior persisted for a long time.

And that surprised Haas team boss Günther Steiner, who quickly checked the situation himself, as he emphasized when asked by «GPFans». When asked about the negative reactions the racing driver received from Moscow, he said: “I managed to stay calm.”

“I talked to him about it and it was clear to him that he had done something wrong that he should have left it alone,” added the South Tyrolean. “But you shouldn’t forget that he’s still young and that everyone deserves a second chance. And then I quickly cleared it up. “

“But a lot of people didn’t let it go, and that surprised me. Because a lot of things happen in this world and people usually quickly forget about them. I don’t know why, but they haven’t let it go for a long time. Maybe I don’t need to understand either. Ultimately, however, it was certainly of no help at the start of the season because it created a distraction, ”Steiner also explained.

Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, December 12th

01 Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1: 30: 17.345 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, +2.256 sec
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21, +5.173
04. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +5.692
05. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +6.531
06. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, +7.463
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +59.200
08. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, +1: 01.708 min
09. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, +1: 04.026
10. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, +1: 06.057
11. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1: 07.527
12. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +1 lap
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1 lap
14. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +1 lap
15. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, +3 laps
Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, crash
Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, hydraulics
George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, drive
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, gearbox

World Championship stand after 22 of 22 races

1. Verstappen 394.5 points
2. Hamilton 387.5
3rd Bottas 226
4. Pérez 190
5th Sainz 164.5
6. Norris 160
7. Leclerc 159
8. Ricciardo 115
9. Gasly 110
10. Alonso 81
11. Ocon 74
12. Vettel 43
13. Stroll 34
14. Tsunoda 32
15. Russell 16
16. Raikkonen 10
17. Latifi 7
18. Giovinazzi 3
19. Schumacher 0
20. Mazepin 0
21. Kubica 0

1. Mercedes 613.5
2. Red Bull Racing 584.5
3. Ferrari 323.5
4. McLaren 275
5. Alpine 155
6. AlphaTauri 142
7. Aston Martin 77
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 13
10. Haas 0

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