New Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin is confident he will not encounter as much trouble with the stewards on his debut in the championship as he did in Formula 2 last year.
“I take a lot of time to go through the regulations and study them,” he explained. “I understand them, understand where that fine line is.
“As a racing driver, one of the great racing drivers [Ayrton Senna] said that if you don’t go through a gap that exists, you’re no longer a racing driver. And I think this is applicable to every driver in F1 because, to get that, you do need to be willing to take every opportunity because if you will not be doing it, somebody else will.
“He obviously sometimes overstepped that line, and it’s not up for me to decide, it’s the stewards’ decision. Everyone’s got a job and F1 and I’m not a steward.”
Mazepin expects that as he is unlikely to be in contention for the championship this year, he’s less likely to incur as many penalty points as he did in 2020.
“I’m confident to say that you won’t be seeing that in F1 in the coming years because there’s a very different driving style needed when you are fighting for a championship and potentially fighting further back down the grid,” he said.
The penalty points Mazepin incurred in F2 last year are not carried over into F1.
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