Nikita Mazepin has kept hold of his Haas seat for the 2021 season despite overwhelming criticism for a video he posted on his Instagram account.
Mazepin posted, and promptly deleted, a video on social media which showed him groping a woman in the back of a car. The footage emerged barely a week on from the Russian’s confirmation that he would be joining the Haas Formula 1 team in 2021.
The 21-year-old apologised for his actions (but now that apology has also been deleted) while Haas publicly condemned him for his “abhorrent” video.
The American outfit launched an internal investigation into the incident and have now declared the matter “dealt with”, with Mazepin keeping his seat.
A statement read: “Haas F1 Team would like to reaffirm that Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher will form its driver line-up for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 world championship.
Team Statement: pic.twitter.com/hRpoTAaanM
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 23, 2020
“As per the team’s previous statement regarding the actions of Nikita Mazepin (December 9th) – this matter has now been dealt with internally and no further comment shall be made.”
The confirmation comes after increasing rumours that Haas were prepared to sack Mazepin for his actions, plus a removal of the Haas name from Mazepin’s Instagram bio also added to the speculation.
Haas boss, Guenther Steiner, did say in the aftermath of the video being posted that the details of said investigation into Mazepin would remain confidential.
“I can make an objective assessment, obviously,” said Steiner.
“I will deal with that in the coming week and maybe you guys will never know what was dealt with and what were the circumstances because I will keep them private.”