Nikita Mazepin suffering from bizarre ‘burning feet’ when driving his F1 car

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Nikita Mazepin endured a difficult afternoon at the US Grand Prix on Sunday, but it wasn’t just his car causing him problems. Russian driver Mazepin crossed the line in 17th place, only beating Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, and Pierre Gasly – all of whom failed to finish.

Mazepin, 22, is yet to score a point for Haas in 2021 and breaking that duck never looked likely at the Circuit of Americas after he was forced into an early pit-stop when his headrest came loose, meaning he could not see either of his mirrors.

However, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said his problems didn’t end there, bizarrely revealing the driver was battling ‘burning feet’ in the latter stages of the race in Austin.

“He complained about the feet getting hot a few times,” Steiner was quoted as saying by The Race.

“We always try to make it better, but it seems it happens only to him.”

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To make things more perplexing, Steiner said it was not an issue that Mazepin’s teammate, Mick Schumacher, or the 2020 Haas duo of Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen had complained about.

“This is the same chassis as last year, so we never had an issue with that. I didn’t ask specifically Mick, but he never complained about it and for sure he would.

“So we need to look into why he gets hot. We need to do something – maybe the next step is to do something on the boot, you can do it both ways.

“There was nothing broken or anything and it isn’t the first time he complains about that.”

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It’s fair to assume that the Moscow man did not enjoy his weekend in America, telling his team on the radio he was “crying” in the car due to the pain in his feet, and described his Grand Prix as a “very lonely, boring, painful race, degrading like f***.”

On Saturday he crashed out of qualifying, meaning he started Sunday’s race last on the grid, but only after riling four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

During Q1, the German driver was out on a flying lap when he almost collided with Mazepin, and clearly felt afterwards the rookie had not given him enough space.

It promoted Vettel to rant to his Aston Martin team, saying over radio “What a d***! I mean seriously, what a d***!”

To make matters worse, Mazepin’s slow race on Sunday was duly mocked on social media, with @SFCJed23 tweeting about fans and mechanics venturing onto the track afterwards.

“Invading the track so soon after the chequered flag is brave considering Mazepin could still have 4 laps to go,” he said.

The posts received more than 550 retweets and almost 6000 likes, and a host of replies further mocking the Haas man.

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