Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin shares photo of ‘best gym session’ with Cristiano Ronaldo

To say the 2021 season has been a disaster for Nikita Mazepin would be a huge understatement. Throughout last season, week after week, the Russian was relegated to the back of the grid.

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It was mainly because of the car he was in. The Haas was by no means a car that could compete for good results in F1. But the other element of Mazepin’s poor season was his own mentality, lack of self-confidence and sometimes unprofessional attitude.

But as the 2022 season nears its start, Mazepin may have found the solution to that last problem as he recently met one of the most mentally strong, driven and admired athletes in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Haas driver shared a photo with the second greatest player in football history on his Instagram. “Best gym session this year so far,” Mazepin wrote.

Nikita Mazepin highlights areas where he needs to improve

In a recent interview, Nikita Mazepin pointed out that it’s teamwork that he needs to improve in the coming season.

“I think it’s something I need to improve because I feel very comfortable working with three, four or five people. But when it’s hundreds, I think sometimes I miss spending the time I need and pay as much personal time as I need with people,” he said.

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Mazepin also described how, in a small team, “you naturally come to talk about things.” But if the team is bigger than that, the Russian believes in coming up with ideas on “how do you unite everyone.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 and Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1 watch from the grid during day one of F1 testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain . (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

However, all these things are only secondary elements. The one thing that matters most and even mitigates the lack of secondary elements is performing at a high level. This is something Nikita Mazepin will have in mind in the 2022 season.

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After all, he’s one of only twenty Formula 1 drivers in a world of 8 billion people, and it’s time he showed everyone why that is.

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Jack C. Nugent