Nikita Mazepin will start his debut F1 grand prix at the very back of the grid, with him qualifying his Haas in P20.
The Russian, who is undoubtedly the most hated driver on the F1 grid due to him groping a model in December and his prior on- and off-track behaviour, ruined a number of drivers’ final laps in Q1 after he spun in the final few seconds of the session.
He spun his Haas in the breaking zone for turn one just after starting his flying lap – and he was slammed by former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer for breaking the “gentleman’s code” towards the end of his outlap.
“Oh dear, oh no. So Mazepin has broken the ‘gentleman’s code’ of basically, wait your turn and everyone gets a lap,” Palmer said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He’s gone past all the Champions into the final corner and then he’s got down to that first corner and spun, causing them to not be able to go fast.
“Way to make yourself public enemy number one, on your debut!”
The yellow flags Mazepin brought out, coupled with Carlos Sainz stopping on track in the second sector due to his engine shutting itself off, resulted in Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon being unable to improve and therefore getting knocked out of Q1.