Discussing the controversial incident he was concerned in for the primary time, Nikita Mazepin says that he’ll let his racing do the speaking.
Shortly after it was introduced that the Russian would drive for Haas for 2021, he posted and rapidly deleted a video on social media by which he may very well be seen groping a girl behind a automotive.
His actions have been publicly condemned by his new workforce and he posted an apology, however later deleted it. Since then, Haas have claimed the matter has been handled whereas he has remained quiet on the topic.
Nevertheless, he has now mentioned it in an interview and says that the controversy has been a ‘huge studying expertise’ for him.
“Initially it’s essential to say that my actions in December about the entire incident have been incorrect. I do take the complete duty for it,” he informed ESPN.
“It was a really huge studying expertise and I can confidently say that I’m a lot additional in my information on this type of matter than I was, so there’s a small little bit of positivity there.”
The incident has induced an enormous backlash within the Components 1 group, with followers beginning the #WeSayNoToMazepin hashtag and closely criticizing Haas for opting to not sack him.
Few drivers have been so unpopular when becoming a member of the grid, however he’s assured that he can win individuals over together with his performances on-track, and is wanting ahead to doing so.
“The people who find themselves with me over the previous 21 years know who I’m. It’s very troublesome to be faux for individuals and I’m removed from that,” he mentioned.
“I will likely be myself exterior of the monitor like I’ve been. I’ve had my ups and my lows, however that’s a part of life. I believe the racing ought to do the talking, principally.
“I consider I’m an excellent racer on monitor, I consider I’m a quick racer. I’m truly wanting ahead to the problem of displaying individuals who won’t like me in the intervening time that I’ve nice racing abilities, that [will] hopefully change the notion of me.”
He has beforehand claimed that he has obtained a lot criticism due to his nationality, believing that each one Russian drivers obtain undeserved “hatred”.