Nikita Mazepin Swears Haas Loyalty Amidst Rumors of Father Dmitry Buying a New F1 Team

Published 09/27/2021, 3:15 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin ahead of the Italian Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Nikita Mazepin has endured a turbulent debut season in F1 so far. Racing for Haas, the 22-year-old often faced criticism for various incidents this season. Furthermore, many speak about how his father, Dmitry plays a huge role as a key sponsor of Haas.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

According to his son Nikita, the Russian oligarch could buy an F1 team in the future. However, the 22-year-old driver admitted he would remain loyal to Haas.

Nikita Mazepin reveals the possibility of his father buying another team

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dmitry Mazepin holds a majority stake in Uralchem, who signed a sponsorship deal with Haas from this season. This means his son, Nikita comes into the sport with huge financial backing, which could help a team change its fortunes around.

In fact, their sponsorship means Haas races as the Uralkali Haas F1 team this year. Furthermore, they announced Mazepin and his teammate Mick Schumacher as their drivers for next year prior to the Russian Grand Prix weekend, which is the 22-year-old’s home race.

While admitting his father could buy an F1 team, the Moscow-born driver admitted his loyalty remains with Haas. He said“For my father it would be an interesting option to buy a team. Anything he touched became gold. 

“But I am very loyal to Haas, so if he were to buy a team, it would be curious to see how they go and hopefully we can beat them. Nor would I rule out leaving Haas to join a possible new team, now I am racing in a stable tenth out of ten in the constructors’ classification. But I repeat, I am loyal and I want to be successful with Haas.” (Quotes translated by Google)

DIVE DEEPER

Who Is Nikita Mazepin’s Billionaire Father – Dmitry Mazepin?

5 months ago

Mazepin: The team sees me as an asset

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Russian driver further mentioned how the team see him as a key part of the establishment. However, he also believed putting a driver of the same nationality in the team helped Uralchem, who look at F1 as a business opportunity.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“I have a place in Formula 1 because I am a driver and the team sees me as an asset,” said the 22-year-old. “The Uralchem ​​sponsorship is there because the company sees F1 as an opportunity for new business. Being the only Russian driver, it is natural that a Russian company wants to invest in a team where a fellow countryman races.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Haas have struggled throughout this season, which is highlighted by the fact that they’re yet to score their first points. With seven races to go, they will hope 2022 brings better fortune for them.

WATCH STORY: The Most Expensive F1 Cars of All-Time

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Sanket Nair

820 articles

Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT