Nikita Mazepin’s catastrophe of a System 1 debut was largely entertaining for a great portion of the fanbase, and even a number of different drivers.
What was already a disastrous first System 1 race weekend for rookie Nikita Mazepin at Bahrain Worldwide Circuit bought even worse on the opening lap of the 2021 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Mazepin, who had certified in twentieth (final) place across the 15-turn, 3.363-mile (5.412-kilometer) highway course in Sakhir, Bahrain, bought to start out in 18th after Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was penalized for a problem that originated with Mazepin within the first spherical of qualifying. Moreover, Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez needed to begin from the pits as a result of a problem on the formation lap.
Mazepin couldn’t make it by way of flip three on the primary lap.
The 22-year-old Russian, who spun a number of occasions in each apply and qualifying, crashed on his personal just some seconds into his System 1 profession.
Should you’ve been following something System 1-related over the previous couple of years, particularly over this previous offseason, you’ve in all probability heard many issues about Mazepin, resembling why he bought right here and the issues he has accomplished all through his racing profession, each on the observe and off the observe, to turn out to be arguably the game’s most hated driver ever earlier than getting in a automobile.
Whereas it’s simpler for followers to hold forth in regards to the teen’s habits, it’s no secret that he has made greater than his share of rivals and enemies on the race observe as properly.
By no means was that extra evident after he violated the unwritten “gents’s settlement” in qualifying, which finally led to his spin and tousled the laps of a number of drivers who really had an opportunity to advance out of the primary of three rounds of qualifying.
But it surely grew to become much more evident after his first-lap crash within the race itself — earlier than he had even accomplished three turns.
Jack Aitken, who made his System 1 debut for Williams on a barely completely different structure of Bahrain Worldwide Circuit late final season after Lewis Hamilton examined optimistic for COVID-19 and Mercedes drafted Williams’ George Russell to exchange him, has had his share of run-ins with Mazepin through the years, most not too long ago in System 2.
Aitken spun out on lap 63 of 87 in final 12 months’s Sakhir Grand Prix round the 11-turn, 2.202-mile (3.544-kilometer) highway course in Sakhir, Bahrain. He managed to bounce again and end on the lead lap in sixteenth place after beginning in 18th.
His spin might have been embarrassing, however he’s feeling so much higher about it now.
How will Mazepin’s second System 1 begin go? The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is ready to be broadcast dwell on ESPN from Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari starting at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 18.