Haas revealed one hour earlier than the beginning of FP2 on the Losail Worldwide Circuit that Mazepin had been dominated out of the session after the staff found his chassis was broken.
“Nikita Mazepin is not going to take part in FP2 on account of a chassis change being required after FP1,” mentioned a spokesman from the Haas staff.
It was confirmed this was as a result of “injury sustained in FP1”.
Mazepin has beforehand struggled with the Haas chassis via his rookie F1 season with Haas, however was given a brand new one for the Belgian Grand Prix in August, after which he felt his tempo “massively improved”.
However Mazepin is now set to revert to the earlier chassis and maintain it for the rest of the Qatar Grand Prix weekend.
The added setback for Mazepin is that it means he’ll miss the one follow operating of the weekend that takes place beneath the lights on the Losail observe.
Each FP1 and FP3 happen in daytime, whereas FP2 set to start out at 5pm native time – the identical time as each qualifying and the race will start.
Mazepin ended opening follow in Qatar in final place, finishing simply 16 laps and ending eight-tenths of a second down on team-mate Mick Schumacher’s lap time.
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21, leaves the storage
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
Mazepin is considered one of solely two drivers on the grid to have beforehand raced on the Qatar observe, however downplayed that it will give him a lot of a bonus in the course of the press convention on Thursday.
“I feel throughout a profession or racing driver each session, at occasions you have got sure benefits or disadvantages,” Mazepin mentioned.
“So perhaps for the primary 10 laps it places me in a superb place, however everyone seems to be so good round that I am positive they are going to memorise the observe simply as rapidly, and I might be doing that as effectively.”
Schumacher will now have to finish Haas’s preparations single-handed via FP2 earlier than Mazepin returns to operating in ultimate follow on Saturday afternoon.