Steiner said that in Russia, there is a tradition to reciprocate gifts with another gift and that is exactly why Mazepin bought him the door.
Joke built around ‘Maze-spin’
Previously, Steiner had gifted Mazepin a spinner as a joke. This was built on the reference on Mazepin’s nickname – ‘Maze-spin’.
The Russian is famous on track for spinning his car during races, practices, and qualifyings.
“Spin this one – it’s better than spinning the car,” joked Steiner as he handed the young driver his present.
Mazepin, however, was quick to reply back by bringing in a whole door to the Red Bull Ring with ‘***smashdoor’ written on it.
Steiner explains the door
“Apparently, in Russia, if you get a present, you need to give a present back,” Steiner told the press.
“So, we gave him the present of the Mazespin, of this game, so his present back was the door
“The door was a present because of two years ago, because of what happened with Kevin. Romain [Grosjean] was not involved in that one, he was the good guy this time, Romain. Nikita thought I needed a new door!” he concluded.
All jokes aside, Mazepin has been having a difficult time in the current Formula 1 season. He is often found at the very back of the pack.
It is only time that will show if Mazepin will improve in future races.
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