Scandal in Formula 1: a pilot harassed a woman, published the video and could be separated from his team

F1 scandal with new Haas driver for 2021, Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin)

When there is only one day left for the end of the 2020 season in the Formula 1, who re-consecrated the British Lewis Hamilton As the champion of the highest category in the world of motorsports, a reprehensible event occurred in the last hours that had as its protagonist one of the new drivers who will join the Big circus.

Russian Nikita mazepin, who comes from competing in F2 and who in 2021 will be a teammate in Mick Schumacher’s Haas team, published a video on his social networks that generated a scandal. In a story that posted on your account Instagram, the 21-year-old can be seen sitting in the passenger seat of a private car and, while recording the images, he gropes a woman sitting in the back of the vehicle while she tries to prevent that action.

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Quickly, the video went viral and was spread by different accounts, even after Mazepin himself will be in charge of deleting it. When these scandalous images reached the hands of the leaders of the North American team, a discharge was published referring to the actions of the Russian pilot who should sit in one of the Haas seats in 2021.

F1 scandal with driver Nikita Mazepin

The Haas F1 Team does not approve of the behavior of Nikita Mazepin in the video recently published on their social networks. Furthermore, the very fact that the video was posted on social media is also abhorrent to Haas F1 Team. The matter is being dealt with internally and there will be no further comment on this matter, ”wrote the team chaired and founded by the American Gene Hass in your official account Twitter.

From this statement, the next few hours will be key to determine if the Russian driver will be sanctioned by the team, while rumors speculate that he could lose his place in F1 without even having debuted.

The Haas statement after the video published by the Russian Nikita Mazepin
The Haas statement after the video published by the Russian Nikita Mazepin
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Immediately afterwards, Mazepin joined the comments of what until now would be his team for the next season of Formula 1 and apologized with a post in Instagram. “I would like to apologize for my recent actions, both in regards to my inappropriate behavior and in regards to your posting on social media. I am sorry to have caused the logical offense and embarrassment caused to Haas F1. As a Formula 1 driver, I have to demand more of myself and I am aware that I have disappointed many people. I promise that I will learn from this ”, explained the young man who between 2016 and 2018 was related to the team Force India, hoy Racing Point.

Andrea D’lVal, the woman victim of the abuse, also spoke about what happened. “I just want to let you know that Nikita and I have been good friends for a long time and none of that video was serious at all. We trust each other and it was a silly way to joke with each other. I posted this video in their ‘stories’ as an inside joke. I’m really sorry. I want to give you my word that he is a truly good person and that he would never do anything to harm or humiliate me.”, Published in his account Instagram trying to tone down what happened.

Mazepin won two races this 2020 in Formula 2
Mazepin won two races this 2020 in Formula 2

Mazepin, who started racing in single-seaters in 2014, raced in the Formula 3 European Championship and the GP3 Series. Since last year, the Russian born in Moscow landed in Formula 2, the opening category of the Maximum and who shares the calendar. In 2020, he joined the HiTech team and won twice this year: he triumphed at the Silverstone circuit, Great Britain, and in Mugello, Italy, which allowed him to finish in the number 5 position of the drivers’ championship with 164 units.

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Nikiya’s father, Dimitri Mazepin, is one of the most important businessmen in the Russian chemical industry and his financial support was decisive so that his son can stay with one of the most coveted places in F1 for next year. “Being an F1 driver is a dream come true. I appreciate the trust of Gene Haas, Guenther Steiner and the entire team. They give the opportunity to a young pilot and I am grateful, “said Mazepin Sr. when the news was confirmed.

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