Haas announced last week that current F2 Mazepin driver will join his team for the 2021 season, forming a rookie lineup with Mick Schumacher.
On Tuesday night, a short video was posted on Mazepin’s Instagram stories in which from the passenger seat of a car he inappropriately touches the chest of a woman in the back seat.
The woman can then be seen waving her hand after being touched, before cutting the sleeves with the same hand that then covers the camera.
The video was removed shortly after, but not before it was captured and has since been widely shared on social media.
In a statement released by the Haas team on Wednesday, it condemned its actions and confirmed it would take action internally.
“The Haas F1 team does not approve of Nikita Mazepin’s behavior in the video recently posted on their social media,” the statement said. “Also, the very fact that the video was posted on social media is also abhorrent to the Haas F1 team.”
“The matter is being dealt with internally and no further comment will be made at this time.”
Mazepin issued a message on Twitter after Haas’s statement apologizing for his actions.
“I would like to apologize for my recent actions both in terms of my own inappropriate behavior, and the fact that it was posted on social media,” said Mazepin.
“I am sorry for the offense that I have caused and the shame that I have brought to the Haas F1 team. I have to be at a higher level as a Formula 1 driver and I recognize that I have let myself and many people down. I promise that I will learn from this”.
The incident comes a week after Mazepin was announced as an F1 driver for the 2021 season, having spent the last two years racing in F2.
The Russian driver finished fifth in this year’s F2 standings, scoring two victories and thus securing the required FIA Superlicense for F1.
Mazepin’s season ended in Bahrain last weekend with some controversial defensive moves that ended in penalties, leaving him only one point from missing a race without running.
Mazepin has previously tested F1 cars for Force India and Mercedes, conducting a private test program with the latter.
It is understood that he will be with the American team at next week’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, preparing to race full time with Haas in 2021.
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