Dec.4 - Haas boss Gunther Steiner says he is not worried that he has signed up a driver for 2021 who does not currently have a Formula 1 super licence.

Nikita Mazepin, the son of Russian billionaire Dmitry, is currently third in the Formula 2 standings.

But if he drops back to eighth this weekend in Bahrain, he would no longer quality for the credential that is mandatory to participate in F1.

Steiner says he's not worried.

"When we started negotiating with Nikita, we of course also had talks with the FIA regarding his licence. Today, the chance that he doesn't get the points he needs is so small that we are not worried about it," he said.

"We also have an emergency scenario but I am sure he will get the points he needs. Then there will be no further questions like this about it."

It is believed that 'scenario' is an exemption from the FIA, particularly as the sport's governing body has said it will show leniency amid the pandemic.

Mazepin, 21, also doesn't seem worried.

"The important thing is that I'm ready for Formula 1," he said.


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Haas not worried about Mazepin's super licence

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Better that Guenther worries about MAZ's performance and how much carbon fiber daddy will have to buy next year. The young man has flashes of quick, but is a bit erratic and overreaches. We'll see.

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  2. Carl Buxton

    Mazepin is quick. he will settle down over time with experience. De Cesaris had a long career (and bad luck whilst leading several races) despite having a reputation for crashing. Lauda warned him once when De Cesaris got pole at Long Beach that he wouldn't race him at the first corner so don't try a crazy blocking move. Hunt was known as Hunt the shunt. Guess what? He became World Champion. Grosjean is the most recent 'regular crasher' with super pace. He has quite a few podiums to his name...don't all jump on the 'daddy's money got him into F1' bandwagon. Stroll is a more than capable F1 driver with a pole and podiums to back up his credentials despite a Billionaire father. I've seen some dreadful (pay) drivers make it to F1 and been well off the pace - Mazepin is NOT one of them.

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