It’s been a rough go for Haas F1 driver, Nikita Mazepin. The Formula One rookie driver has participated in three-races this season with a top finish of 17th (Imola) and in his debut race (Bahrain) he lost control in the third turn of the first lap and crashed.
The crash on the first lap at Bahrain shouldn’t have been a surprise. During qualifying for the race Mazepin spun out during his first lap in turn 13 and later in the first round of qualifying he spun out in turn one. The second spin out hindered some of the other drivers from having a proper qualifying session.
It’s early in Mazepin’s career and maybe he can turn things around for the back of the pack Haas F1 team but the early signs are not promising.
I get it, you need a lot of coin to run an F1 team and drivers that can bring a grip of sponsorship dollars are in a distinct advantage over their aspiring F1 racing driver brethren. Mazepin at this point is nothing more than the bi-product of a wealthy benefactor (his dad is Russian businessman Dmitry Mazepin who is worth an estimated $1,300,000,000.00).
A pay driver is not a new concept for F1 and Mazepin will not be the last but his lack of ability behind the wheel is almost laughable at this point. Watching him drive is akin to the Washington Generals in a game against the Harlem Globetrotters.
But is Mazepin the worst driver in F1 History?