“Results getting better, things will change”– Nikita Mazepin talks about his infamous social media image and how he intends to change it.
Nikita Mazepin, one of the three rookies to join Formula 1 this season, was one of the most infamous personalities for his controversial video, where he was allegedly spotted inappropriately touching a woman.
After this, a massive outrage was called against Mazepin, but the Russian driver went unaffected. However, it took away his reputation among fans.
But Mazepin believes that he can transform that social image of his, and good results could help him in that. Things are not going in that direction, as Mazepin’s excessive spinning in the first two Grand Prix further mocked his existence in F1.
“You know, everyone was going through good and bad times from their social media perspective, ever since it became so big in the last 10 years,” he said to the Motorsport.
“Even those who are loved now got hated at some point. So it’s definitely something that comes with this sport, a kind of platform that people can use for good and for bad.”
“And I’ve always known that social media is not a place where you go to get self-confidence, but I’m just staying focused on what I do. I’m sure with the years I spend in Formula 1, and the results getting better, things will change.”
Mazepin has grown stronger.
Though the Russian driver is only four races old in the top-flight competition, he believes that he has grown into a strong personality courtesy to tough times.
“For sure, it hasn’t been a smooth ride, but when life is most intense that’s when you learn the most,” he adds. “I have personally found in my racing career that I’ve had loads of very successful years but, at the same time, quite a few were challenging.”
“The strength that you gain from these tough times is much more robust than those when you’re winning. In motorsport, a lot is about the psychological game, and these moments have made me stronger, because I’m a human at the end of the day. No different to you or the people reading this.”