Haas team principal Guenther Steiner gave his opinion on fans hating his driver Nikita Mazepin, and lamented the harsh treatment of the rookie.
Mazepin has been facing the brunt of fans’ wrath ever since he was announced as an F1 driver. Before he even raced on track, his off-track controversies came to light. The video of him groping a female friend was heavily panned by one and all.
His on-track performances were below average too, with the Russian driver consistently slower than his counterparts during his debut season. He was even considerably off the pace of his teammate Mick Schumacher, who also drives the same car he does.
With him being branded as public enemy number one, Steiner gave his opinion on fans hating Mazepin, and said that people were perhaps a little too harsh on the youngster.
When asked by GP Fans about the difficulty of managing a driver like Mazepin, Steiner said, “I managed to stay calm.
“I talked with him about it. For him, it was clear he did something wrong, he shouldn’t have done it. Then again, he’s a young man and you need the second chance and I got over it pretty quick.”
Second chance, please
“A lot of people didn’t let go, which I was surprised (about) actually because there are lots of things happening in the world and people let go pretty quick,” the Haas boss continued.
“They didn’t let him go for a long time. I don’t know why. Maybe I don’t need to know.
“In the end, for sure, that wasn’t a help when he started the season because there must be some distractions, especially if you are young.”