19/01/2021

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Haas F1 retains new driver Mazepin despite “abhorrent” video

The Haas Formula A person workforce stated on Wednesday that new signing Nikita Mazepin will...

The Haas Formula A person workforce stated on Wednesday that new signing Nikita Mazepin will race subsequent time right after they internally dealt with an incident where by the Russian posted and then deleted a video clip displaying him groping a feminine passenger in a motor vehicle.

Earlier this month, the U.S.-dependent workforce condemned Mazepin for ‘abhorrent behavior’ and stated the make any difference was becoming managed internally.

“Haas F1 Staff would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will form its driver lineup for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Globe Championship,” Haas stated in a statement on Wednesday.

“As for every the team’s former statement regarding the steps of Nikita Mazepin (Dec. nine) – this make any difference has now been dealt with internally and no even further comment shall be built.”

Mazepin, son of a billionaire who built his fortune in fertilizer, had apologized on Twitter for his “inappropriate behaviour” and the simple fact that the video was posted.

The 21-year-old finished the F2 time in fifth place, adequate to gain an F1 superlicense. He also stood out for accruing eleven penalty details all through the time, a single brief of triggering a race ban.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru Modifying by Christian Radnedge