Formulation One driver Nikita Mazepin has taken full duty after being filmed groping a girl.
The conduct was condemned as “abhorrent” by his new Haas workforce in December. The video confirmed Mazepin apparently groping a girl”s chest in a automotive. The video rapidly circulated on Instagram Tales and throughout social networks earlier than Mazepin deleted it.
“I”m not happy with it,” Mazepin stated on Thursday at his workforce”s on-line automotive launch. “I’ve taken the duty for it each on and off the circuit. As human beings (we) have to point out a sure conduct in direction of one another.”
Mazepin stated he didn’t add the video, however blamed himself however.
“There isn’t a confusion from my facet. I take the duty for my actions, I”m very agency in that. Regarding the video coming onto social media, I can say that it wasn”t my palms which have put it there.”
The 22-year-old Mazepin didn’t say if he has apologized to the girl.
“I feel a privateness matter is essential on this case,” he stated. “I don”t assume it might be appropriate for me to carry different individuals into this very broad media dialogue.”
He’s the son of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, who financially backs the racing effort. The automotive”s new livery carries the colours of the Russian flag: White on high, blue within the center, purple on the underside — and the title of his father”s fertilizer firm.
He’s the second driver in F1 with a billionaire father concerned. Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll”s father owns the workforce.
“It doesn”t actually trouble me as a result of I’m happy with my household, happy with my father, and I’m not taking this in a unfavorable approach,” Mazepin stated.
“I’ve to show myself in F1 and I’m going to do it.”
He shall be racing towards F2 champion Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Mazepin was requested if he can beat Schumacher, his rival in F2 final yr and in earlier classes.
“I”ve achieved it earlier than, once we competed in the identical automotive, and I”ve additionally been crushed by him in the identical automotive, so I feel it’s all up for grabs,” stated Mazepin, fifth in F2 final yr. “The problem shall be very fascinating there, little doubt.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher, in the meantime, has been engaged on power constructing.
“My principal focus has been neck coaching,” he stated. “I”ve been coaching my neck since mid-December on daily basis. I really feel very match, I really feel superb.”
The season begins on March 28 on the Bahrain Grand Prix, with preseason additionally happening in Bahrain subsequent weekend.
It appears an acceptable place for Schumacher to start out his F1 profession, since his father gained the inaugural race there in 2004 in type, with the quickest lap and pole place.
“My father gained there so positively good recollections. There’s a hall going to the monitor stuffed with (photographs) of every (winner). Seeing my dad on there may be very particular,” he stated.
“I”m very completely satisfied to hold that surname and to hold that title again into F1. I’m very happy with it, it’s like a lift for me.”