February 23, 2024

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Haas F1 retains new driver Mazepin despite “abhorrent” video

The Haas Formulation 1 group said on Wednesday that new signing Nikita Mazepin will race up coming time soon after they internally dealt with an incident where the Russian posted and then deleted a online video clip showing him groping a feminine passenger in a car or truck.

Before this month, the U.S.-primarily based group condemned Mazepin for ‘abhorrent behavior’ and said the make a difference was being managed internally.

“Haas F1 Staff would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will sort its driver lineup for the 2021 FIA Formulation one Environment Championship,” Haas said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As for each the team’s preceding statement pertaining to the steps of Nikita Mazepin (Dec. nine) – this make a difference has now been dealt with internally and no further more comment shall be built.”

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

The 21-yr-aged finished the F2 time in fifth spot, more than enough to obtain an F1 superlicense. He also stood out for accruing eleven penalty factors through the time, one particular quick of triggering a race ban.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru Modifying by Christian Radnedge