“I’m not proud of it”- Nikita Mazepin, for the first time, talks about the controversy he was involved which nearly destroyed his F1 career.
Nikita Mazepin faced massive public outrage for his controversy, where he was allegedly seen touching a woman inappropriately in a car. On any normal day, that would have resulted in someone’s sacking.
However, Haas let him go with a “warning”, and the car company and the Russian driver claims that he has learnt a lot from the incident, as he opens up about it for the first time to non-Russian media.
“First of all, it’s very important to say that my actions in December about the whole incident were incorrect,” Mazepin said. “I do take the full responsibility for it,” said Mazepin to ESPN.
“It was a very big learning experience, and I can confidently say that I’m much further in my knowledge on this kind of matter than I used to be, so there’s a small bit of positivity there.”
Race track performances will redeem me.
Mazepin claims that he is not proud of what he did, and he would try to redeem himself for his actions in the future, especially with his actions on the track.
“I’m not proud of it. It’s important to progress. The people who are with me over the past 21 years know who I am. It’s challenging to be fake for people, and I’m far from that.
“I will be myself outside of the track like I’ve been. I’ve had my ups and my lows, but that’s part of life. I think racing should do speaking, mostly.
“I believe I’m a very good racer on the track; I believe I’m a fast racer. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge of showing people who might not like me at the moment that I have great racing skills, that hopefully changes the perception of me.”