It has been a baptism of fireplace in F1 for Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, and to high all of it off his debut should go down as one of many worst on file.
Since signing for Haas, he has brought on controversy over his inappropriate social media put up, found the automotive is among the poorest within the pitlane and is continually having to match up in opposition to a second-generation Schumacher.
In Bahrain, he joined an inventory of 27 drivers who’ve did not make it previous the opening lap on their F1 debut, doing so by spinning out of the race of his personal accord.
Listed here are 10 different drivers for whom issues didn’t fairly go to plan on debut.
10. Michael Schumacher – Belgian Grand Prix, 1991
Clutch failure, lap 1
The notable arrival of the legendary Schumacher title in F1 marked probably the greatest and worst debuts mixed – with the eventual seven-time champion’s first race lasting an analogous size to Mazepin’s.
The German driver, who was racing for Mercedes in sports activities vehicles when he stepped in to switch Bertrand Gachot at Jordan, certified a powerful seventh, nearly a second quicker than skilled team-mate Andrea de Cesaris.
All of it went fallacious on the opening lap, nevertheless, with the Jordan 191 struggling a clutch failure that brought on Schumacher to gradual at Raidillon and park up together with the observe earlier than the top of the opening lap.
9. Juan Pablo Montoya – Australian Grand Prix, 2001
Retired, 40 laps
The 1999 CART champion arrived in F1 to nice fanfare, changing Jenson Button at Williams for the beginning of the 2001 season, however the Colombian driver didn’t get pleasure from one of the best of begins to his F1 profession.
Having certified a second behind his team-mate Ralf Schumacher, he made up 5 positions firstly however stored going at flip one when he was meant to cease and careered off the observe.
When rejoining, he narrowly prevented Olivier Panis however then collided with Eddie Irvine’s Jaguar at flip three, sending his rival right into a spin. A difficult debut finally resulted in gearbox failure earlier than the chequered flag.
8. Felipe Massa / Allan McNish – Australian Grand Prix, 2002
Multi-car collision, lap 1
Brazilian Massa and Scot McNish, on their respective debuts for Sauber and new workforce Toyota, each did not get across the first nook after a collision between Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello brought on chaos firstly.
Within the ensuing melee, Massa, who had certified ninth forward of team-mate Nick Heidfeld, was hit by Giancarlo Fisichella with McNish, beginning additional again in sixteenth, additionally caught up within the incident.
Each drivers returned to the pits hoping the race can be stopped however the security automotive was deployed as a substitute, the broken vehicles had been moved and the particles cleared, and that was the top of that.
7. Marco Apicella – Italian Grand Prix, 1993
Multi-car collision, lap 1
Italian Apicella not solely holds the unenviable file for the shortest F1 debut, however he additionally had the shortest ever F1 profession, full cease. Coincidentally, or not, his solely look was within the thirteenth race of the season.
He was given the possibility to step as much as the highest degree after competing in Japanese System 3000 when he was introduced in to switch Thierry Boutsen at Jordan-Hart after the Belgian driver retired mid-season.
As a substitute of a dream debut race at residence in Monza, nevertheless, he began twenty third, received caught up in a multi-car collision and crashed out after 800m. His compatriot Emanuele Naspetti took over for the next race and that was Aplicella’s F1 profession over.
6. Miguel Angel Guerra – San Marino Grand Prix, 1981
Crashed out, lap 1
Argentine Guerra didn’t fare a lot better than Apicella, making simply 4 F1 appearances for the Osella workforce and solely managing to qualify as soon as.
His first, and last, look lasted all of some seconds. He lined up twenty second on the grid, with simply two vehicles behind him, and when the lights turned inexperienced, his automotive was hit by the March of Eliseo Salazar.
The collision speared Guerra’s automotive right into a wall and he suffered a damaged wrist and ankle. The top of one other F1 profession earlier than it had actually even received began.