Nikita Mazepin has received a three-place grid penalty for hindering Lando Norris in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The driver of Haas wants to get rid of the men's agreement in Formula 1 in order not to overtake each other in qualifying.
Kimi Räikkönen and Yuki Tsunoda
during his slow
, while Norris was at top speed.
The McLaren driver had to get off his gas or when the Russian bothered him.
"I could not have stayed behind those two cars, because then I would have driven with my rear on the ideal racing line", Mazepin explained to various media including
"The only option I had was to pass it, because I simply cannot disappear. Unfortunately that turned out unfortunate."
The Haas driver thinks he had no other choice.
"I couldn't have done anything other than this. If I'm not mistaken, the Bahrain race also complained about the men's agreement in qualifying and this was yet another good example of why it doesn't work."
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Mazepin does not make an impression during its debut season
The grid penalty did not make any difference to Mazepin, because he qualified twentieth and last in Barcelona.
He did get a penalty point on his racing license.
That is his second, after he was also punished in Portugal last week.
A driver is only suspended for one race after twelve penalty points in a year.
The 22-year-old Mazepin made the switch from Formula 2 to the premier class last winter.
The billionaire son has not impressed yet, crashing in his debut race and then finishing last twice.
Norris was able to set a fast lap in Q1 after being held up by Mazepin and eventually qualified ninth.
The race on the Circuit de Catalunya starts at 3 p.m.
Lewis Hamilton starts on pole, just in front of Max Verstappen.
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