Mazepin retains Haas F1 2021 seat after video investigation

Formula One Test Session - Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Montmelo, Spain - February 26, 2018 Nikita Mazepin in a Force India car during testing

The Haas Formula One team said on Wednesday that new signing Nikita Mazepin will race next season after they internally dealt with an incident where the Russian posted and then deleted a video clip showing a female passenger being groped in a car.

Earlier this month, the U.S.-based team condemned Mazepin for ‘abhorrent behaviour’ and said the matter was being handled internally.

“Haas F1 Team would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will form its driver lineup for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship,” Haas said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As per the team’s previous statement regarding the actions of Nikita Mazepin (December 9) – this matter has now been dealt with internally and no further comment shall be made.”

Mazepin, son of a billionaire who made his fortune in fertiliser, had apologised on Twitter for his “inappropriate behaviour” and the fact that the video was posted.

The 21-year-old finished the F2 season in fifth place, enough to gain an F1 superlicence. He also stood out for accruing 11 penalty points during the season, one short of triggering a race ban.

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