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‘Criticism' may have hurt Mazepin in Bahrain – boss

Mar.30 Gunther Steiner has admitted Nikita Mazepin's tumultuous pre-season could have contributed to his horror first race weekend in Formula 1. The 22-year-old Russian rookie was one of the most prominent figures of the 2021 pre-season, as he was the subject of a vitriolic and constant social media hate campaign. Then, as the season finally kicked off, he spun multiple times, broke a ‘gentleman's agreement' in qualifying, struggled to match teammate Mick Schumacher's pace, and finally crashed out on his very first racing lap. 'Nikita was very upset about it,' Haas team boss Steiner said. 'I have told him not to lower his head and instead to keep working. 'Of course there is nothing...
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