No F1 for Mazepin? Haas might replace Russian driver following ‘breast-grabbing’ video – reports
The scandal erupted several days after he was officially announced as a new driver for the American racing team alongside Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher.
The 21-year-old Russian posted a video to his Instagram account showing him touching a woman in the backseat of a car.
As one of the straps of her dress becomes loose, Mazepin appears to reach out and grope the women's chest.
The video, which caused a public uproar, was immediately removed from his Instagram page and he issued a public apology in the wake of the scandal.Also on rt.com F1 team slams Russian driver Nikita Mazepin for 'abhorrent' Instagram clip showing him 'groping woman's breast' in car (VIDEO)
Formula One condemned Mazepin's behavior with Haas subsequently describing his actions as “abhorrent.”
Although there has been no official confirmation, reports have started to emerge that claim Haas might cut ties with the Russian athlete who has severely damaged his reputation, which could impact the team’s attractiveness to sponsors.
The fact that Mazepin has removed the Haas team from his social media bio has further fueled speculation about the possible split.
Some journalists have suggested that he could be replaced by Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi, who recently updated his bio on Twitter, saying that he is ‘Haas F1 driver.’
Neither Haas nor Mazepin have issued any official statements and the Russian pilot’s Formula One future remains uncertain.