The 20-year-old Russian driver sets the fastest time on the second day of practice at Montmel (1: 15.715).
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During his six races in 2019 in Formula 2, Nikita Mazeptin could only enter the points in Bak. A very poor balance for the Russian driver, 20 years old, debutant this year in the category. His inexperience, however, was not enough for Mercedes to decide to sit him on his W10 on the second test day of Montmel. The pilot, 20 years old, responded with the best time on Tuesday (1: 15.715).
His recent private tests with the Silver Arrows and the work in the simulator were essential for the good performance of Mazepin, who this year could only sign the pole in the second sleeve of Bak. However, that Sunday I had to leave after an accident with Luca Ghiotto and Jordan King.
On this occasion, Mazepin showed a great level to a lap and his record was only three tenths of the spectacular pole position of Valtteri Bottas last Saturday. The only differential factor was the Pirelli C5 tires, softer than those used by the Finns.
"It was amazing, to be part of this team, even if it's only for one day, is very special for me," said the Russian, the son of one of the great Russian magnates. In fact, last summer, Dimitry Mazepin, owner of the chemical giant Uralkali, tried to buy the Force India team.
"All the young people dream of being able to test a car like this, today I was able to fulfill that dream," added the Russian, who this season, with the ART Grand Prix team, was only able to finish nineteenth and thirteenth in the Bahrain Grand Prix and seventeenth. fourteenth in the GP of Spain.
In any case, Tuesday was propitious for Mazepin, which rolls 1,946 kilometers to rise as the pilot who completes more laps (128), just ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), one of the few regulars on the grid in an open day to many new faces. For example, Oliver Turvey and Sergio Sette Camara took the wheel of McLaren. Jack Aitken tested the Renault and Nick Yelloly, the Racing Point.
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