Force India junior Mazepin scores first single-seater win

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Force India Formula 1 youngster Nikita Mazepin picked up his first victory in single-seaters on Sunday during the BRDC British Formula 3 round at Snetterton.

Mazepin, 17, enjoyed his first F1 test with Force India at Silverstone last month as part of his development role with the team.

The Russian driver currently sits 19th in the FIA European F3 standings with five points to his name, and made his debut in the British championship this weekend at Snetterton.

Mazepin dominated the second of three races over the weekend, going lights-to-flag to give Carlin its third straight victory in the series.

“It is quite a big day for me. The plan for me coming into single-seaters was always to compete in the best single-seater categories so it wasn’t easy,” Mazepin said.

“We haven’t started this year off perfectly but we have managed to come back strong with a good result in FIA European F3 at Spa, with my Formula 1 test performance and now my first win in single-seaters.

“It has been a challenging weekend for me, starting off a little bit behind on Thursday. Most of the guys here are on their penultimate round so have a lot more experience so I have had to get my head together and really push.

“With reverse grid pole I was able to pull away and I think I had strong pace anyway. It is a great experience, a great championship and a great track so I am just really happy at the moment.”