Method 1 2021: Haas driver Nikita Mazepin says he is not pleased with video exhibiting him groping a girl

Method 1 2021: Haas driver Nikita Mazepin says he is not pleased with video exhibiting him groping a girl

Whereas Nikita Mazepin mentioned he took full duty for the incident the place he was filmed groping a girl, he did not say if he has apologised to the girl

Formula 1 2021: Haas driver Nikita Mazepin says he's not proud of video showing him groping a woman

The brand new Haas automobile for the 2021 season. Picture used for consultant objective solely.

Method One driver Nikita Mazepin has taken full duty after being filmed groping a girl.

The habits was condemned as “abhorrent” by his new Haas staff in December. The video confirmed Mazepin apparently groping a girl’s chest in a automobile. The video rapidly circulated on Instagram Tales and throughout social networks earlier than Mazepin deleted it.

“I’m not pleased with it,” Mazepin mentioned on Thursday at his staff’s on-line automobile launch. “I’ve taken the duty for it each on and off the circuit. As human beings (we) have to indicate a sure behaviour in direction of one another.”

Mazepin mentioned he didn’t add the video, however blamed himself however.

“There isn’t any 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 arms which have put it there.”

The 22-year-old Mazepin didn’t say if he has apologised to the girl.

“I feel a privateness matter is essential on this case,” he mentioned. “I don’t assume it could be appropriate for me to deliver different individuals into this very large media dialogue.”

He’s the son of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, who financially backs the racing effort. The automobile’s new livery carries the colours of the Russian flag: White on prime, blue within the center, crimson 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 staff.

“It doesn’t actually hassle me as a result of I’m pleased with my household, pleased with my father, and I’m not taking this in a destructive means,” Mazepin mentioned. “I’ve to show myself in F1 and I’m going to do it.”

He might be racing in opposition to 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 12 months and in earlier classes.

“I’ve accomplished it earlier than, after we competed in the identical automobile, and I’ve additionally been overwhelmed by him in the identical automobile, so I feel it’s all up for grabs,” mentioned Mazepin, fifth in F2 final 12 months. “The problem might be very fascinating there, little doubt.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher, in the meantime, has been engaged on power constructing.

“My major focus has been neck coaching,” he mentioned. “I’ve been coaching my neck since mid-December on daily basis. I really feel very match, I really feel excellent.”

The season begins on 28 March 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 model, with the quickest lap and pole place.

“My father gained there so positively good reminiscences. There’s a hall going to the observe stuffed with (images) of every (winner). Seeing my dad on there’s very particular,” he mentioned. “I’m very pleased to hold that surname and to hold that title again into F1. I’m very pleased with it, it’s like a lift for me.”

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