American System One workforce Haas says it doesn’t condone the behaviour of Nikita Mazepin following an “abhorrent” video posted to his Instagram account.
Russian driver Mazepin, 21, who will race for Haas subsequent season, appeared to inappropriately contact a lady within the again seat of a automotive. The lady appeared to reject his motion, elevating her center finger. Mazepin later eliminated the video.
“Haas F1 Group doesn’t condone the behaviour of Nikita Mazepin within the video just lately posted on his social media,” the F1 workforce stated in a press release. “Moreover, the actual fact that the video was posted on social media can be abhorrent to Haas F1 Group. The matter is being handled internally and no additional remark shall be made at the moment.”
Mazepin additionally issued a press release expressing his remorse. He stated: “I wish to apologise for my latest actions, each by way of my very own inappropriate behaviour, and the truth that it was posted on to social media.
“I’m sorry for the offence I’ve rightly brought about and to the embarrassment I’ve delivered to Haas F1 Group. I’ve to carry myself to the next customary as a System One driver and I acknowledge I’ve let myself and many individuals down. I promise I’ll be taught from this.”
Mazepin’s father, billionaire businessman Dmitry Mazepin, is ploughing cash into the Haas workforce. Nikita Mazepin was solely introduced as an F1 driver for 2021 final week and can race alongside System Two champion Mick Schumacher with Haas subsequent 12 months.