“I live in the same world as you” – Nikita Mazepin sees a tremendous risk in saying anything

Samriddhi Jaiswal
|Published 07/04/2022

Nikita Mazepin is fed up with the “cancel culture” against Russia but does not want to speak about the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Nikita Mazepin was removed from the Haas F1 team following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The team also removed its title sponsor Uralkali which is a Russian company owned by Mazepin’s father Dmitry Mazepin.

Haas replaced Mazepin with its former driver Kevin Magnussen in the 2022 season. Following the Russia-Ukraine conflict, many in the F1 community called for the Russian GP to be cancelled this year.

The FIA knocked out the Russian GP from its 2022 calendar but F1 was not the only sport to do so. UEFA and FIFA also boycotted the Russian national team and the clubs to play in the league.

Mazepin said, “I don’t agree with the sanctions and I intend to fight it, but perhaps now is not the right time. If you look at the whole situation against athletes in a general case it’s ”cancel culture” against my country.”

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Nikita Mazepin has sympathy for Ukraine

Furthermore, in an interview with the BBC, he was shown the images from Ukraine and Mazepin sympathised with it.

He said, “I live in the same world as you, although perhaps three/four hours away from the plane. It’s very painful to watch that on many levels.”

Mazepin, however, does not want to speak out publicly about the war. “As a human being and as a person that wants to live in a very peaceful world, but I will be honest with you.”

“I see tremendous risks in saying anything about it. I can never satisfy everyone and therefore I will keep myself publicly quiet,” Mazepin concluded.

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Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal is an F1 editor and writer at The SportsRush. She started her career as a business journalist but soon found her calling in lights out here we go! Samriddhi has been a Ferrari fan even when her interaction with F1 was occasional. Her first real experience with the thrilling sport came when Charles Leclerc clinched his iconic victory in Spa and Monza and painted the track red. Now, a Tifosi, Samriddhi is a hardcore fan of the prancing horse and can relate to the chaos within the Italian camp and also admires Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Off the track, she finds her home in books and musical instruments.

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