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Mazepin frustrated by chassis damage that ruled him out of FP2 in Qatar

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Haas driver Nikita Mazepin has been ruled out of Free Practice 2 for the Qatar Grand Prix, with his team forced to replace his VF-21 chassis following the opening session at the Losail International Circuit.

Mazepin ended up 20th and last in Free Practice 1, the rookie spotted having several off-track moments during the session, as he and his fellow drivers got up to speed with the track at Losail – a venue never raced at in F1 before, although Mazepin and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez have competed here in junior categories.

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But Mazepin will be forced to sit on the sidelines for the more representative late afternoon FP2 session, as Haas kit him out with a new VF-21 chassis, with the team revealing the change on social media – having said earlier that he’d suffered “substantial floor damage caused out on track” in FP1.

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Team mate Mick Schumacher, meanwhile, ended up P18 in FP1, despite having the most significant off-track moment of anyone in the session, when the young German left the circuit at Turn 7, running through the gravel before regaining the track with seemingly no harm done.

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