Mazepin was tearful and visibly emotional throughout his interview after qualifying at Interlagos on Friday, having made a mistake on his ultimate Q1 lap that left him final within the classification.
Talking on Saturday after the dash race at Interlagos, Mazepin mentioned that whereas his emotion was “largely to do with a mistake on a qualifying lap”, he was additionally going via a tricky interval amid change within the crew working round him.
“I am going via a reasonably difficult interval in the previous few races, not solely to do with the automobile steadiness, but additionally with some inner issues happening within the workforce,” Mazepin mentioned.
“And that makes the outcomes extra vital at this explicit second in time. Once you come so near ending what I felt prefer it was an excellent lap in a automobile that we presently have, and you then attempt too arduous and lose that lap, it hurts.”
Mazepin added: “Once you leap out of the automobile and also you solely have 4 minutes or so till you communicate to journalists that ask you questions that finally convey again these reminiscences, and you understand what might have been, a distinct consequence, it simply feels unhappy.
“There’s not a lot else in my life apart from racing. The truth is, there’s nothing. So I put my life on the road for this and I get upset, which is pure, when issues do not go effectively.”
Mazepin defined that the workforce was “shuffling round” with “folks coming and stepping into the previous few races”. He organized a soccer match for the workforce members in Mexico final week, and attended a farewell occasion for a colleague after the race.
“I do know that not all people that’s round me this yr planning to remain for subsequent yr,” Mazepin mentioned.
“I benefit from the atmosphere that I am in. I’ve been surrounded ever since I began this yr by some very nice, sincere folks.
“Sadly, my engineer left final week to a different workforce. And he is sadly not the one one. So yeah, that is a problem.”
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21
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Mazepin shied away from revealing which employees members had been leaving, however mentioned: “My workforce of engineering members hasn’t been the identical and been altering ever since Turkey.”
The shift in personnel has thrown one other problem at Mazepin throughout his rookie F1 season that has seen him battle to match teammate Mick Schumacher for tempo, in addition to battling a chassis difficulty earlier within the season.
“It’s actually difficult, as a result of it is not like an workplace job the place you’ll be able to are available, do some stuff and go away,” Mazepin mentioned.
“To achieve racing, I do know what it takes. And it takes a particular bond of people that work, they work their asses off for you and also you do it vice-versa.
“This form of drive retains going ahead. And that is one thing that has enabled me to realize leads to earlier years.
“However when the mechanic that works straight with you adjustments, you in all probability have not had time to adapt to him after which, you understand, the headrest comes off like in Austin, after which though the race is not over, it form of is, as a result of once you make an pointless pit cease that price 25 seconds, it is actually tough to bounce again.
“So it is like getting items of wooden in a spinning tyre on a motorcycle. It simply actually does cease that momentum that I dream of, that is the whole lot that I do.
“However hey, I have been there earlier than and I’ll get out of it stronger than I ever was.”