Russian Nikita Mazepin, chosen as a Haas team driver for 2021 as Mick Schumacher’s partner, uploaded a post to his social networks where he is seen groping a woman, so he could be separated from Formula 1 before debuting in the next season.
Mazepin, 21, posted a story on his Instagram account where he is seen in a private car filming how, from the passenger seat, he annoys a woman while she tries to stop him from groping her chest. The pilot deleted the images, but they went viral and were seen by the leaders of the American team.
The matter is being dealt with internally and no further comment shall be made at this time. (2/2)
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 9, 2020
“The Haas F1 Team does not approve of the behaviour of Nikita Mazepin in the video recently posted on their social networks. Furthermore, the very fact that the video was posted on the networks is also disgusting to Haas F1 Team. The matter is being addressed internally, and for now, there will be no further comment on it, “explained the Haas team via Twitter.
Mazepin, meanwhile, apologized on Instagram. “I would like to apologize for my recent actions, both regarding my inappropriate behaviour and in regards to your posting on social media. I am sorry for causing Haas F1 the logical offence and embarrassment. As a Formula 1 driver, I must push myself more to myself, and I am aware that I have disappointed many people. I promise that I will learn from this, “wrote the Russian, who comes from competing in F2.
The abused woman, Andrea D’lVal, said that “I 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 between us. ”
As the young woman wrote on her Instagram account, “I posted this video in her ‘stories’ as an inside joke. I’m sorry. I want to give you my word that she is a good person and that she would never do anything to harm or humiliate me “.
The team will assess the situation and determine whether Mazepin accompanies the German Mick Schumacher (son of the historic F1 champion) in the next F1 season as a Haas driver.