F1 rookie Nikita Mazepin made his first appearance behind the wheel of Haas 2021 car, the VF-21 giving it its shakedown in Bahrain’s Sakhir International Circuit.

Haas unveiled its 2021-spec car, complete with a revised livery, last week and on Wednesday the VF-21 was fired up for the first time.

The fire-up had not been able to take place previously owing to ongoing travel restrictions that are in place between the United Kingdom and Italy.

Mazepin, who has previously tested Formula 1 machinery with Force India and Mercedes, carried out mileage on Thursday in Bahrain, officially as part of a filming day.

Ferrari also gave its SF21 its track debut for a filming day while Aston Martin was in action for the second of its two allocated days.

Mazepin’s Haas team-mate Mick Schumacher is due to sample the VF-21 for the first time when pre-season testing begins on Friday.

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