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Nikita Mazepin

Mazepin: I did a sh*tload of laps and burned some calories!

Haas' Nikita Mazepin may have finished as the last of the classified runners in Austria, but the Russian tried to take the positives from a challenging weekend.

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Haas' Nikita Mazepin finished in 19th place at the Austrian Grand Prix. Having started from last, he moved up a position after the retirement of Alpine's Esteban Ocon on the first lap.

But, with no further incidents, Mazepin raced quietly at the back of the field. Using a two stop strategy, he came home in last place and a lap behind teammate Mick Schumacher.

"We went on alternative strategies – we went on two stops, which didn’t work," Mazepin told media, including RacingNews365 after the race.

"I think the drop off of the tyres wasn’t as big as we were expecting but it was the blue flags. You’re not able to keep up your pace because you have to stop more. It was a long afternoon.”

Asked whether he was frustrated about racing two consecutive weekends at a track where Haas are uncompetitive, Mazepin admitted he'd have liked a different venue to help with his learning.

"Yeah, I think I would have preferred to go somewhere else in the beginning of the weekend," he said.

"Preferably somewhere where I've never been. So [I] could learn at least a new track but yeah, well, I guess the positive out of this is I've done a sh*tload of laps and burned some calories."

F1 2021 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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