We didn’t think it was that funny. He, the pilot, who is a priori so cold and so proud of his Russian origin. Fired from Haas in March last year due to his nationality and conflict with Ukraine, Nikita Mazepin, who was quickly replaced by Kevin Magnussen, quickly expressed his dissatisfaction, going so far as to create a fund to support Russian athletes devoid of competition. We haven’t heard from him since.
Guest in Abu Dhabi last weekend at the last Grand Prix of the season, again won by Max Verstappen, the 23-year-old Muscovite expressed his sense of derision through a post on his Instagram account. Sparing no one, he talks about his experience and gives a five-step procedure to wean himself from competition, designed for four pilots (Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi) who have just left the plateau. And it’s funny.
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Here is his plan:
Stage 1, denial “You will find yourself walking in circles around your building. Do not repeat my mistake – turn on the stopwatch. It is possible that another F1 team will be interested in your results and you will not have to endure the next 4 steps. »
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stage 2, anger : “You blame everyone but yourself for having to leave F1. Especially the Drive to Survive crew. You obsessively watch races and scream at the screen. »
Step 3, negotiation “You hold a press conference where you make a brave face and thank the manager of the team that fired you, in the hope that your cheerful smile and natural charm will get you a place in the new team. »
stage 4 depression “Drink, party on a yacht, sleep, lose 5 kg. Repeat endlessly. It won’t be easy, but your friends will appreciate it. »
Step 5, acceptance : “Congratulations. You’ve made it to the last Grand Prix where you’re shown the way out. You stop obsessing over Formula 1 and start thinking about your next steps…while keeping fit and leaving the door open for a comeback!”
Mazepin ends his post with the words “Peace and love to all.”, without forgetting to each of the starters a personal message, starting with the one who finally hung up the wheel, crowned with four world titles: “Vettel, full respect for your climate initiatives. I’m sure they will be very helpful, and not just to the pilot community. Much more comical is a special dedication to Daniel Riccardo: “I know that you always keep a sense of humor. I predict great things for you in the fourth stage, when you can drink anything in your shoes. Be creative! »