• Nikita Mazepin will join the Haas F1 team in 2021.
• The driver groped a woman in a now-deleted Instagram video.
• Mazepin has since apologised for his actions.
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The son of Russian billionaire, Dmitry Mazepin, Nikita will make his Formula 1 debut in 2021 racing for the Haas team, but the driver's reputation can already be regarded as questionable. Mazepin Jr.'s recent 'tactics' saw him grope an unidentified woman in a car. In a now-deleted video posted on his Instagram stories, Mazepin films a video from the passenger seat of the car.
The video starts off above board and innocent, until he reaches over to the backseat, groping an unidentified woman. The young woman grabs his hand before showing a middle finger and covering the camera with her hand.
The video has subsequently been deleted from his IG account, but it was up long enough for users to download and spread it over the internet.
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A bad PR move?
Nikita Mazepin may only be 22-years-old in March 2020, but he is a driver with a bad rap sheet. In Formula 2, the series he's been competing in 2020, he has been involved in several questionable on-track antics, almost knocked the P2 board into Yuki Tsunoda, and will often throw tantrums over penalties received on his own accord.
With Haas announcing him as their new driver alongside new F2 champion Mick Schumacher for 2021, Mazepin's arrival comes with the prospect of his father investing in the team. However, the monetary possibilities can't outweigh the fact that Haas is sticking its neck out for a driver who is seemingly only concerned with his own interest. Coming into F1 and driving one of the slowest cars in the field, Mazepin will have more frustration heaped onto him - something daddy's money can't fix overnight. He will need to grow a sense of maturity fast if he wants to make it in the cut-throat world of Formula 1.
In addition, his actions in the video would have done his reputation no favours. With F1 embracing equality, Mazepin's actions stand in stark contrast with these values. And while the driver has since apologised for his actions, drama tends to follow him.
The Haas F1 team said on in an official statement on Twitter: "Haas F1 Team does not condone the behavior of Nikita Mazepin in the video recently posted on his social media. Additionally, the very fact that the video was posted on social media is also abhorrent to Haas F1 Team."