Nikita Mazepin apologized after the dissemination of an inappropriate video on Instagram, especially criticized by his future team. In the deleted images, the 21-year-old pilot is filmed trying to touch the breasts of a young woman who does not seem to give her consent.
“Haas does not approve of Nikita Mazepin’s behavior in (this) video”the American team said in a statement. “As if that were not enough, the simple fact that this video has been uploaded to social networks is unacceptable. The case will be dealt with internally.”
Nikita Mazepin, on his side, apologized on Instagram, for his “inappropriate behavior and the fact that it was uploaded to social media.”
“As an F1 driver, I must conduct myself to a high standard and I acknowledge that I have disappointed myself and many people. I promise I will learn from this.”he added.
The arrival at Haas of Nikita Mazepin, fifth in the F2 championship this year, was announced on December 1.
The Russian does not have the best reputation because of his very aggressive behavior on the track. In 2016 he hit a rival in European F3, earning him a suspension run.
A ‘paying’ pilot, the young man is the son of businessman Dimitri Mazepin, owner of the mineral fertilizer manufacturer Uralchem, and is sponsored by the Russian company Uralkali, specialized in the production and sale of potash, of which his father is a non-executive director
Nikita Mazepin will share a garage at Haas next season with German Mick Schumacher, Michael Schumacher’s son.
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