F1: Mazepin apologizes to Schumacher for Italian GP clash

Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin has taken the blame for his collision with his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, saying he had no qualms about apologizing for “my mess-up”.

Mazepin booted Schumacher into a spin while trying to lunge down the inside of Roggia for 15th place on the second lap after the mid-race safety car restart.

He received a five-second penalty and would ultimately retire from the race with what he and the team have said was a power unit issue.

“I think that one is really simple, it was my mistake and I have no shame [in having] to apologize,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll make a lot of mistakes in the future and I will make a lot of mistakes in the future and the most important thing is to remain a human.

“It was my mess-up, no discussion on it, I deserved the penalty even though it wasn’t on purpose and I was fortunate he didn’t lose too much time by it, he was able to spin the car round straightaway.

“It was my fault, now I just say sorry.”


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