Nikita Mazepin Unveils Plan to Manage His F1 Career Amidst Mandatory Military Duty

Published 10/03/2021, 3:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Dmitry Mazepin, father of Formula 1 racing driver, Nikita Mazepin, was not a happy man when the Russian military urged his son to be present at the training camp regularly. Mazepin Sr further opined that athletes must not be forced to take military training.

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However, Nikita Mazepin offered a different perspective to it and mentioned he is indeed looking forward to the upcoming summer training camp. The Mazepin Jr countered his father’s opinion by reckoning that he wouldn’t disregard the country’s military duty.

What did Nikita Mazepin say?

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As reported by PlanetF1, Mazepin affirmed that he is not working in the army, but in the military department. Hence, he expressed his excitement over the forthcoming training camp, where he would have to live in the barracks for a month.

Things are going well,” he reportedly told Russia’s Match TV. “The school year has resumed and we are filming that episode in September. I’m not in the army but in the military department. I still have to finish this year.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Haas’ Nikita Mazepin arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Therefore, I look forward to the summer, when we will have training camps. It will take a month to live in the barracks,” the Russian driver added.

It has certainly been a rather hectic year for Mazepin, who has ended up pursuing three entirely different career paths. Apart from driving for Haas in F1 and training under the Russian military, Mazepin is also on the verge of completing a master’s degree.

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The Haas F1 driver further reckoned that he wouldn’t be in Formula 1 forever. Hence, he felt the master’s degree will come to his rescue from around the age of 30 when he calls it a day with the sport.

Sport does not last forever. At the age of 30, when the career of an F1 driver is already starting to leave its peak, I believe that life is just beginning. I grew up in a family where my mother graduated from Moscow State University, my father – MGIMO. So there was no question about not studying,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Haas’ Nikita Mazepin during qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, he did clarify that his focus on education is unaffected by Formula 1. Of course, Mazepin had the influential Dmitry behind him to help secure a seat in F1. But, the 22-year-old does deserve the credit for managing his multiple career paths quite efficiently.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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