After a tricky qualifying session, Nikita Mazepin will start tomorrow´s race from the 18th place. The Haas rookie shared with a selected group of journalists his thoughts on today´s session, which included MotorLat.com.
Nikita admitted he finished the session feeling frustrated since he felt he could have done a better job and get to Q2 after two cars didn’t manage to set a lap. When he was asked about how realistic it looked for Haas to do it he said “in the session I thought so.”
As regards the famous gentlemen agreement that some drivers broke today, Nikita said he was not left in a confusing situation as to what is expected or not in qualifying “the situation is very clear but in that case I will just like to address those who criticize me to criticize them as well. If the rules are rules they should be the same for all drivers and I watched the best in the sport do it today like Lewis and Checo and I didn´t see much discussion going on there…”
Mazepin have positive words with his engineers “who are very open minded and supportive in difficult times…I think we’ve performed the best this year in the last two rounds and we know Baku and Monaco are the most difficult races in the calendar so this shows that the way they trust me and I trust them is working and with the changes we´ve done this tow weekends will also give them the trust that what I request is necessary.”
Nikita is planning to travel back to the UK after the race to study more about where they can improve and the upcoming 2022 season.