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Haas F1 retains new driver Mazepin despite “abhorrent” video

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The Haas Formulation One particular team claimed on Wednesday that new signing Nikita Mazepin will race upcoming season right after they internally dealt with an incident the place the Russian posted and then deleted a online video clip exhibiting him groping a woman passenger in a motor vehicle.

Before this month, the U.S.-centered team condemned Mazepin for ‘abhorrent behavior’ and claimed the issue was being managed internally.

“Haas F1 Team would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will sort its driver lineup for the 2021 FIA Formulation one Entire world Championship,” Haas claimed in a statement on Wednesday.

“As for each the team’s previous statement pertaining to the steps of Nikita Mazepin (Dec. 9) – this issue has now been dealt with internally and no more remark shall be produced.”

Mazepin, son of a billionaire who produced his fortune in fertilizer, experienced apologized on Twitter for his “inappropriate conduct” and the reality that the online video was posted.

The 21-yr-previous completed the F2 season in fifth put, sufficient to achieve an F1 superlicense. He also stood out for accruing eleven penalty points all through the season, a person shorter of triggering a race ban.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru Modifying by Christian Radnedge

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