Jun.16 - A Russian racing driver believes fellow drivers from his country are normally relegated to number 2 status when they enter Western motorsport categories like Formula 1.

Viktor Kozankov, known in Russia as a leading former open-wheel racing driver who raced against David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello, was asked to comment on the tumultuous early career of controversial F1 rookie Nikita Mazepin.

"Our drivers in Formula 1, no matter how much money they invest, are unlikely to win anything," he told Match TV.

"They sit in the cockpit, pay a certain price per kilometre, and that's it. You can see it with Mazepin and (Mick) Schumacher. The whole team works for Schumacher and will do everything to make him succeed while smiling at Mazepin."

Mazepin, who like fellow Haas rookie Schumacher is 22, is strongly backed by his father Dmitry's Uralchem company, which is also the team's title sponsor.

"They are just like that," Kozankov answered, when asked how western racing teams regard drivers from Russia.

"They will smile, but they will never lift a finger to get you somewhere. At least that's my experience.

"Back in the 80s, during a test in Italy, the owners of Formula 3 teams, Guido Forti and Ferdinando Ravarotto, told us that this policy begins even in the junior categories," he revealed.

The 62-year-old said Russian drivers and investors are therefore wasting their time in Formula 1.

"You can even buy a team, but what are you going to do with it? Formula 1 is not needed - we need to develop our own championship," said Kozankov.

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7 F1 Fan comments on “Old Russian driver says Haas favours Schumacher over Mazepin

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Balderdash. Petrov, Sirotkin and especially Kvyat were all given plenty of opportunity for success. Now we have M'spin who is not off to the best of starts. Haas does favor MSC. Gee, I wonder why.

  2. ReallyOldRacer

    No, this is Viktor. You're thinking of his brother, Vladimir. Where have you hidden Jaxman, or will he only comment if the subject is Sir Lewis?

  3. shroppyfly

    Ah The Jaxman cometh, well as it happens i know hes crying into his pink champagne this evening , hes head how badly Lucys team is doing at Extreme E , and to make it worse hes being thrashed by Nicos team, its knocked him for six , poor old Jax, so im guessing thats why hes not around

  4. shroppyfly

    you're not as daft as your posts make you look , i see you've removed the extra O from shoddypost tag well done, english lessons going well are they?, you'll soon be on joined up writing

    Can you explain how my post insults your friends Lucy and Jax


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