Esteban Ocon 'afraid' of racing against Nikita Mazepin during Formula 1 races

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• Esteban Ocon admits he is scared to race against Nikita Mazepin.

• Mazepin entered Formula 1 in 2021 and races for the Haas team.

• Mazepin's F1 career has gotten off to a tumultuous start.

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Esteban Ocon has admitted he is "afraid" of Nikita Mazepin when he comes across the Russian rookie on the Formula 1 circuit.

Mazepin, 22, has had a tumultuous start to his F1 career both on and off the circuit, but he claims he is learning a lot.

Former F1 engineer Toni Cuquerella, who now works for the broadcaster DAZN, said: "As a rookie driver, you don't actually learn much in your first six months as a rookie driver. There's just too much to take in."

According to Alpine driver Ocon, however, he is learning a lot about Mazepin.

The Frenchman said: "Am I afraid of him? Yes, yes, when we cross paths on the track, I act 200% more attentively with him than with any other driver."

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