Mazepin took a knee in Barcelona, but not for BLM

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Mazepin took a knee in Barcelona, but not for BLM

Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin explained why for the first time this season he chose to kneel along with several of his colleagues ahead of last Sunday's Spanish GP.

Since last year, at the instigation of Lewis Hamilton, more than half of F1's drivers have followed the ritual of taking a knee during the pre-race grid ceremonial in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mazepin refrained from the observance in the first three races of 2021, but in Barcelona the 22-year-old Russian unexpectedly joined those who routinely kneel on the grid at each race.

However, the Haas driver's gesture was not associated with BLM or an act to protest social injustice.

"I decided to kneel to show respect to those veterans and people who lost their lives 76 years ago in the war," Mazepin said, referring to Victory Day, a holiday in Russia that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

"This holiday is quite important," the young driver told Match TV.

"My family – my grandparents – took part in the war. Yesterday I saw the statistics saying that it is a holiday that is even more important to Russians than New Year."

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On the grid, Mazepin also wore a Russian military symbol, the Ribbon of St George, on his 'WeRaceAsOne' t-shirt.

One could argue that you cannot choose the cause you kneel for, as the gesture is so intertwined with the protest against the unfair treatment of black people.

But Mazepin appears to only follow his own interpretation of acts and events.

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Albon, Kubica and Kvyat in action with Pirelli in Barcelona

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Albon, Kubica and Kvyat in action with Pirelli in Barcelona

F1 reserve drivers Alex Albon, Dany Kvyat and Robert Kubica will be up and running today and tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya as Pirelli continues its 18-inch tyre test program.

The Italian manufacturer is fine-tuning the development of the new tyres that will be introduced next season as part of Formula 1's 2022 regulation changes.

All F1 teams – with the exception of Williams which does not have an available mule car – are taking part in the test program that started at Jerez in February with Ferrari and which will conclude mid-September at Magny Cours.

Red Bull and Alfa Romeo are in action today in Barcelona, with Albon and Kubica, and the test will provide the former with an opportunity to stretch his legs onboard an F1 car as the British-Thai driver hopes for a return to the grid in 2022.

Another driver who hasn't completely given up on his F1 prospects is Dany Kvyat who will take to the track on Wednesday for the very first time with Alpine, albeit onboard a 2019-spec Renault.

Mercedes – which sampled Pirelli's 18-inch tyres at Imola last month – is earmarked for a second test with Pirelli, just days after the Monaco Grand Prix, at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

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