Haas chose Russiaโ€™s Nikita Mazepin

Haas chose Russiaโ€™s Nikita Mazepin

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Byker28i

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33,794 posts

181 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Haas F1 Team
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Russia’s Nikita Mazepin will drive for Haas F1 Team, in a multi-year deal starting with the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mazepin-haas-20...

Smollet

6,224 posts

154 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Meh driver imgo. Does he have more money than Perez??

EDLT

15,296 posts

170 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Smollet said:
Meh driver imgo. Does he have more money than Perez??
Different league. Dmitry Mazepin net worth $7.1 billion, Lawrence Stroll a mere $2.6 billion.

geeks

6,701 posts

103 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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EDLT said:
Smollet said:
Meh driver imgo. Does he have more money than Perez??
Different league. Dmitry Mazepin net worth $7.1 billion, Lawrence Stroll a mere $2.6 billion.
Perez's backer is worth $60 billion though....

Piginapoke

1,834 posts

149 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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It's better than no Haas at all I suppose, which I guess was the alternative

EDLT

15,296 posts

170 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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geeks said:
EDLT said:
Smollet said:
Meh driver imgo. Does he have more money than Perez??
Different league. Dmitry Mazepin net worth $7.1 billion, Lawrence Stroll a mere $2.6 billion.
Perez's backer is worth $60 billion though....
Perez doesn't have the same level of support that the sons of billionaires are getting. Stroll bought an F1 team and rumours of Mazepin buying Haas have been circulating since their money troubles came to light.

TheDeuce

8,852 posts

30 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Piginapoke said:
It's better than no Haas at all I suppose, which I guess was the alternative
Quite. And will be good to see two rookies straight from F2 in the same car - perhaps the best use of the otherwise fairly uninspiring Haas car..

All assuming their other driver is MS of course!

Adrian W

11,780 posts

192 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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owww I was going to buy my son that drive for Christmas

PorkInsider

4,671 posts

105 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Won't it be great if we get to the point where the majority of F1 drivers are there only because their parents are wealthy enough to buy the team/drive for them.


Kraken

1,645 posts

164 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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If these guys had done nothing in other series then perhaps it would be a problem but they have and Stroll has been on the podium which is much more than many other F1 drivers over the years.

At the end of the day what is the difference between getting sponsored directly by a parent or by a huge corporation? No-one gets to F1 without huge amounts of money from someone at some point in their career. The days of people being able to mortgage their house and sell their car to get on the grid are long, long gone.

Adrian W

11,780 posts

192 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Kraken said:
If these guys had done nothing in other series then perhaps it would be a problem but they have and Stroll has been on the podium which is much more than many other F1 drivers over the years.

At the end of the day what is the difference between getting sponsored directly by a parent or by a huge corporation? No-one gets to F1 without huge amounts of money from someone at some point in their career. The days of people being able to mortgage their house and sell their car to get on the grid are long, long gone.
there are far more talented drivers who can't get a drive because of this. How can F1 be called the pinnacle of motorsport if it doesn't have the best drivers

TheDeuce

8,852 posts

30 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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PorkInsider said:
Won't it be great if we get to the point where the majority of F1 drivers are there only because their parents are wealthy enough to buy the team/drive for them.
Get to that point? It's been that way since day one. Expensive business F1, expensive even to get a shot at maybe getting taken seriously in the lower series. Naturally that means most coming up the ranks do have wealthy parents and at the extreme enough wealth to perhaps buy a seat. Although in reality the parents company tends to buy the seat by sponsoring it...

It's not a great practice, actively selling seats granted - but it is also a practice that is limited to the lower end of the grid in general, most seats are in fact still earned one way or another. No reason to expect that situation should change.

Mark13

401 posts

142 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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I am not sure why people are picking on Perez, who merits a drive in F1.

Any drivers finishing top 6 in a feeder Formula are legitimately in the running for a seat.

IMO the likes of Vettel should be thinking of retirement after his woeful efforts this season.

mat205125

16,100 posts

177 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Mark13 said:
I am not sure why people are picking on Perez, who merits a drive in F1.

Any drivers finishing top 6 in a feeder Formula are legitimately in the running for a seat.

IMO the likes of Vettel should be thinking of retirement after his woeful efforts this season.
Quite right ref feeder series. No matter how deep the pockets of your backer, you don't put a foot on the podium with cash alone

Kraken

1,645 posts

164 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Adrian W said:
there are far more talented drivers who can't get a drive because of this. How can F1 be called the pinnacle of motorsport if it doesn't have the best drivers
When has it? There has always been a limited number of seats and the car has been way more important than the driver for decades. The worst driver on the grid would have a chance in the best car but the best driver in the worst car wouldn't have a prayer.

Off the top of my head I can think of four drivers from just one very small country that could be front runners in F1 if they had the chance.

At the end of the day it looks two of the top three drivers in F2 will be in F1 next year and isn't that the way it's supposed to work?

Jonny_

2,993 posts

171 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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By all accounts he's an absolute lunatic with a nasty temperament. Should make things interesting, especially if the Haas performs as "well" as it has this season...! Fully expect to see Mazepin and Gunther having a proper sweary set-to in front of the cameras.

I'd much rather have seen Perez get a drive though.

PorkInsider

4,671 posts

105 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Mark13 said:
I am not sure why people are picking on Perez, who merits a drive in F1.
Are people picking on Perez?

It's Stroll who should have been out of Racing Point, not Perez.

Munter

30,453 posts

205 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Jonny_ said:
By all accounts he's an absolute lunatic with a nasty temperament. Should make things interesting, especially if the Haas performs as "well" as it has this season...! Fully expect to see Mazepin and Gunther having a proper sweary set-to in front of the cameras.

I'd much rather have seen Perez get a drive though.
Some of the stuff on twitter would suggest he's as much of a tt as he looks in his photos. I thought it might be just unlucky photos making him look that way... perhaps not.

aston80

100 posts

5 months

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Another Latithi...... great

Mr Tidy

13,704 posts

91 months

Wednesday 2nd December 2020
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I agree entirely that Perez should have kept his seat ahead of Stroll on merit, but that was never going to happen given the team ownership. rolleyes

It's not all bad news though, as for any new driver it means there should always be a couple of cars behind them!