Mick Schumacher will drive in Formula 1 next season. But the anticipation of the major motorsport talent’s debut takes a backseat for his Haas team. A sexist scandal puts the racing team under pressure.
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Scandal over Mick Schumacher’s future teammates in Formula 1: Russian Nikita Mazepin caused outrage with a sexist video on his Instagram channel and now even fears for his place with the Haas racing team. The US team responded with clear words on Wednesday morning.
“Haas does not approve of Nikita Mazepin’s behavior in the recently posted video,” the statement said, “We think the mere fact that this video was published is disgusting.”
Mazepin sat in the passenger seat of a car, in the short clip of the 21-year-old, he films how he grabbed a woman in the back seat by the chest. This defends itself against it. The video was quickly removed. Haas will now clarify the matter “internally” and will not comment further for the time being.
In an initial response, the billionaire’s son apologized for his “inappropriate” behavior and for his social media posting. “He felt sorry for the” insult and exposé of the Haas team, “but Mazepin’s message did not fully convey understanding why his behavior was so problematic: “As a Formula 1 driver, I have to adhere to certain standards. Realize that I have disappointed myself and many other people. I will learn from it. “
Just like Schumacher, Mazepin drove in Formula 2 this season and next year he will make his debut in the premier class alongside the German. Mazepin has repeatedly drawn attention in the past for its lack of discipline.
He received numerous penalty points on the track last season and was about to be banned from racing. However, as early as 2016, he caused a stir outside the car when he hit British Ferrari junior Callum Ilott after a Formula 3 training. Mazepin was not allowed to race at the time.