The Russian endured a difficult weekend at Austin, as he fell foul of monitor limits on quite a few events and struggled for tempo within the race earlier than coming dwelling final of the categorized finishers.
However it emerged afterwards that Mazepin’s hopes of doing something of consequence on Sunday had been dashed very early on after his headrest turned dislodged on the opening lap, forcing an early pitstop.
Talking about how his race was, Mazepin mentioned: “Unhealthy. My headrest got here off on the primary lap in Flip 2.
“It made the primary lap very sketchy as a result of I could not see something in my mirrors. It added an pointless pitstop. So yeah, very lonely, boring and painful race, degrading like fuck.”
Mazepin blamed his crew for the headrest downside.
“I consider it is a human error,” he defined. “It got here off in Flip 2, and it is by no means carried out that in my racing profession. So I think about one thing was carried out otherwise for it to occur.”
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Haas boss Gunther Steiner defined that the headrest downside had been brought on by the locking pins not participating when it was pushed again on throughout pre-race preparations on the grid.
“The blokes instructed me that after they put it on on the grid, there are two pins within the again which weren’t engaged utterly,” he mentioned.
“Due to that we did not should take the headrest off when he obtained within the pits, they only pushed it down and in.
“I do not know precisely [why] it did not have interaction, however it got here off and, due to security causes, the headrest is a part of your safety right here, we referred to as him in instantly. Which once more was troublesome, as a result of if the headrest is up, you can not see the mirrors.”
Steiner additionally mentioned that Mazepin’s depressing afternoon was additionally compounded by complaints his toes had been getting sizzling, a phenomenon the crew has battled with all season.
“He complained concerning the toes getting sizzling just a few instances,” added Steiner. “It is occurred just a few instances. We at all times tried to make it higher, however it occurs solely to him.
“This is identical chassis as final 12 months and we by no means had a problem with that. And likewise Mick [Schumacher]… I imply, I did not ask particularly Mick, however he by no means complained about it – and for positive he would.
“So we have to look into why he will get sizzling. We have to do one thing, and perhaps the following step is to do one thing on the boot. You already know, you are able to do it each methods. However I imply, there was nothing damaged or something. And it is not the primary time that he complains about that one.”