“I will keep them private”- Gunther Steiner says action against Nikita Mazepin would be kept in-house by Haas over his recent video controversy.
Nikita Mazepin has already received his adversaries among the F1 masses even before he had his first race in the highest tier of the sport, as a recent video emerged on his Instagram account showed him allegedly groping a girl.
According to the Motorsport, the act was immediately condemned by Haas and the matter would be probed by Haas after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as claimed by the American F1 team.
Five days have gone by since the race in Abu Dhabi was completed, but there has been no further public word by Haas over it. But after the race, Hass team principal Guenther Steiner said that the matter was “still in my pending tray” as the team focused on the final race weekend of the year.
“We had a race weekend going on, as you know, so I didn’t focus on that one,” Steiner said. “That will be the job for the coming week when I’m back in the office at home. So I’m travelling, and then we will deal with that.”
“But we spoke up until the race weekend started, and I said there’s no point that we do anything now because there is a focus, which needs to be kept.”
Objective action will be taken even if financial consequences are made
Steiner has further promised that there is going to be objective and concrete assessments over the situation, and a just action will be taken even if it poses financial implications as Mazepin is bringing in huge investment through his family wealth to Haas, which apparently will keep the team afloat for the foreseeable future.
But after making such a promising statement, Steiner even claimed that the investigation and its output will be kept away from the public lense. Hence, in a way eliminating any public scrutiny.
“Yes, I can make an objective assessment, obviously,” Steiner said. “But as I said, I will deal with that the coming week. Maybe you guys will never know what was dealt with, and what are the circumstances because I will keep them private.”