Guenther Steiner says radio messages criticising Nikita Mazepin are “attention-grabbing” by F1, and has defended his driver’s Portuguese GP penalty.

Haas rookie Mazepin has yet to walk away from a grand prix weekend without a barrage of complaints against his name.

At the Bahrain GP, which ended with a spin and a crash, he was criticised for jumping the queue in qualifying with a similar complaint levelled three weeks later at Imola.

As for Portimao, it was again in qualifying where it started, branded a “f***ing idiot” and a “dumbass” by Nicholas Latifi who felt Mazepin had blocked him.

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