Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat

Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat are both Russian, both different F1 drivers

Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat are both Russian drivers and will both be competing in Formula 1 in 2021. While the scandal with the Mazepin Instagram video almost passed, Nikita is preparing to start his career behind the Haas’ car. Meanwhile, Daniil Kvyat is racing as an Alpine F1 reserve driver after clearing seat for Yuki Tsunoda. There are not so many drivers from Russia in Formula 1 history, and almost all of their personal stories have not been crowned with a Grand Prix winner’s trophy. Do these two Russian F1 drivers have something in common?

Nikita Mazepin’s scandalous start to F1 2021

To get into the Formula 1 squad, you need a solid foundation: capital, good relationships and lots of racing talent.  Often, the last factor is the deciding factor. So, if Daniil Kvyat almost used this opportunity with modesty, then Nikita Mazepin will only provisionally be behind the wheel of the Haas F1 car. The scandal Nikita Mazepin Instagram story is still noticeable: the rookie Haas starts with a battered reputation, but continues to do it loudly despite everything.

Nikita Mazepin's Haas F1
Nikita Mazepin’s Haas F1 in Russian colors

After Wada banned the use of the Russian flag, the team took the opportunity to circumvent the restriction. Instead of a small tricolour, the bright Russian national colors are now emblazoned on the HaasF1 car. “Why is this: a clever trick or a rofl?” In fact, everything is much simpler: Nikita Mazepin’s father is the owner of the large Russian potash fertilizer manufacturer and a part-time sponsor of the Haas F1 team. It’s just a business, nothing personal. On the other hand, Nikita can now only prove that he deserves a place in Formula 1. Until he gets behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car at the Bahrain Grand Prix, there is nothing left to declare himself to the whole world as quickly as possible. Anyway, this is an extreme tactic; will bring any results that we will find out in 3 months, if so.

Torpedo Helmet
Torpedo Helmet

Daniil Kvyat and Torpedo 

Anyone who believes that Daniil Kvyat has been able to avoid scandals in Formula 1 career is mistaken. The “torpedo” stuck to Kvyat after the accident at the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel called Daniil a “torpedo” after the maneuver. Red Bull driver found a gap on the internal track and overtook. Vettel then crashed into his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Before the victory ceremony, the German was quite aggressive, although he ended up on the podium. This is how this nickname came into the world and grew through clumsy overtaking maneuvers at F1 races. At the end of the 2020, Daniil Kvyat was hit by a new scandal of a different kind with his private life about Kelly Piquet.

At the moment nobody will be able to compare the successes in the races of Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat, we have not yet seen the race successes of Nikita Mazepin. However, we already know that his actions in the F2 are often too aggressive. Many racing fans demand to draw attention to this dangerous driving, and some demand to exclude the Russian from the races.

Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat and their Formula 1 fans

Daniil Kvyat does not make his personal experiences public, he is not conspicuous by hype or personal communication. He is a completely humble person who can relax with the closest of people. Nikita Mazepin is very different, it is not about age. At home in Russia these two become rather contradictory.

Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso F1 team
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso F1 team

Daniil Kvyat’s fans are often over 30 years old, their hearts soft when Russian drivers succeed or fail with words of support and understanding. Mazepin’s fans are boys in their twenties and not just in Russia. Why do they like him? Nikita Mazepin’s driving style, his behavior is partly an imitation of James Hunt’s style.

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What do Formula 1 fans expect?

Every Formula 1 driver has clear and difficult goals for the coming year. Despite the transfer to the Formula 1 reserve drivers, Kvyat’s task is to put as much effort into his work as possible, to forget all the negative experiences of the past and to start his career in the Alpine team with a clean slate. Everything that has happened since the start of the new season is an attempt by Nikita Mazepin to justify himself in the eyes of all F1 fans. It is a difficult task: the further it goes, the more money is spent on image maintenance.

I made a huge mistake but I have taken responsibility and learned from it.”
Nikita Mazepin with father
Nikita Mazepin with father

That is why Nikita Mazepin’s main goal is to prove all his claims and be faster than Mick Schumacher at the same time. Furthermore, he has to restore the respect of the people in the paddock and prove to F1 fans that he deserves his place in the Haas team. Otherwise, no one will want to work with him after the money has been spent. Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat, although the Russians have two completely different temperaments. It remains obvious that despite such a different start to the 2021 F1 season, Daniil Kvyat still has every chance of returning, while Mazepin has the same chance to leave.