The 22-year-old Russian will drive for Haas, the American racing stable that presented a company with Uralkali as main sponsor on Thursday, of which Mazepin’s father is one of the owners. Mazepin does not care that he is mainly seen as the driver who made it to Formula 1 thanks to his father’s money.
“I am proud of my father and proud of my family. It is a challenge to prove myself in Formula 1 and I will do that, ”said Mazepin at the presentation of the new Haas car, which bears the colors of the Russian flag.
The Russian is seen as a ‘bad boy’. He was already regularly involved in incidents on the track and he hit another driver in the face a few years ago. It even resulted in a suspension. Late last year, shortly after being presented by Haas as a driver for 2021, Mazepin was again discredited when a video surfaced on social media showing him touching a woman in a car. Haas, Formula 1 and the international motorsport federation FIA intervened in that case.
“I made a big mistake, I am not proud of that,” said Mazepin on Thursday. “I have taken responsibility for that. I have learned from it and look forward to a great year. ” Mazepin, who apologized for the video, emphasized that he had not put the video online himself. He promised that there would be no problems on the track. “I took the time to study the rules. I know where the limit is. ”
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