May 14, 2021

Retiring on first lap of F1 debut was “very painful”

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In the round-up: Nikita Mazepin is eager to move on from a difficult start to his Formula 1 career at this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

In brief

Mazepin: ‘I’m over it’

Mazepin got no further than turn two on his F1 race debut, as his Haas car got loose after the opening corner and then he spun into the barriers. The spin wasn’t his first of the weekend and while embarrassing also put him under extra scrutiny. But he said his troubled Bahrain weekend is already long behind him.

“The answer is [I’m] over it,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “Things happened very quickly and the moment when I realised where I ended up, which was in the wall, was a very painful one.

“In Formula 1, there’s 23 races, I’ve raced 12 rounds a year previously, and then nine before that. So you obviously have your ups, you have your downs, and it’s important to get as much knowledge from the bad experience as possible. But then don’t drag the negativity with you because that will leave you in the place where you were, when you’re trying to move on. Fully going forward.”

Motorsport UK’s tribute to Prince Philip

Motorsport UK, the governing body for motorsport in the United Kingdom, has requested race meetings taking place this weekend to ensure no on-track action is occurring at 3pm on Saturday, when the funeral of British royal Prince Philip is taking place and when a national minute of silence has been announced.

“As a mark of respect during the ceremonial funeral of His Royal Highness the prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Motorsport UK has asked the organisers of events taking place on Saturday 17th April to observe the national minute’s silence at 3pm,” it said in a statement.

“All event organisers and participants will be required to honour the tribute. In addition, we encourage, where applicable, circuit flags to be flown at half-mast, and any further measures that are appropriate and respectful, such as the wearing of black arm bands by officials.”

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