Sport Russia's Mazepin to race for Haas F1 next season

11:15  01 december  2020
11:15  01 december  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Haas F 1 Team has confirmed Russia ’ s Nikita Mazepin will drive for the American outfit in a multi-year deal starting with the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World The Hitech Grand Prix driver will compete in the Formula 2 season finale next weekend, also in Bahrain, before making the move up to Formula 1

Russian Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin will step up and make his Formula 1 debut with Haas next season after signing a multi-year contract with Mazepin will become the fourth Russian to race in F 1 , after Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat. Haas have yet to announce who will partner

MANAMA (Reuters) - Russian billionaire's son Nikita Mazepin will race for Haas in 2021 after agreeing a multi-year deal, the U.S.-based Formula One team announced on Tuesday.

a person driving a race car on a road: FILE PHOTO: Nikita Mazepin during testing © Reuters/ALBERT GEA FILE PHOTO: Nikita Mazepin during testing

The 21-year-old is currently third in the Formula Two standings and is expected to be joined at Haas next season by F2 leader Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari great and seven times world champion Michael Schumacher.

"Becoming a Formula One driver is a lifelong dream come true for me," said Mazepin in a team statement ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.

Mazepin's father Dmitry owns Russian fertilizer maker Uralchem and tried to buy the Force India team after it went into administration in 2018, losing out to Canadian Lawrence Stroll.

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Haas wont be fighting for points next weekend anyway, so brining in the reserve driver is the safe option. I mean like the first race of the season luck where everybody but them retires. It' s hard enough for someone with F 1 experience to sub in for a race mid- season . A guy with zero experience

Mazepin senior is taking legal action against his fellow billionaire, whose own son Lance now races for the renamed Racing Point team that will become Aston Martin next year, following that failed attempt.

Nikita Mazepin has won two Formula Two feature races this season with four additional podium placings. The Formula Two season ends in Bahrain this weekend.

"Nikita has underlined his credentials in Formula Two this year," said Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

"He's developed into a mature racer moving up through the junior ranks - notably most recently in the GP3 Series, where he finished runner-up in 2018, and obviously in Formula Two over the past two seasons."

Haas announced in October that French driver Romain Grosjean, involved in a fiery crash in Bahrain last Sunday, and Denmark's Kevin Magnussen would leave at the end of the year.

The Ferrari-powered team are ninth of 10 in the standings with just three points from 15 races in a season hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Alison Williams and Andrew Cawthorne)

Russian driver Mazepin to race for Haas in F1 next season .
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (AP) — Russian driver Nikita Mazepin will drive for Formula One team Haas after signing a multi-year deal on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Mazepin currently drives in the F2 championship and is in third place overall, having won two races. He previously tested with the Force India team. “Becoming a Formula One driver is a lifelong dream come true,” he said. “I really appreciate the trust being put in me by (owner) Gene Haas, (team principal) Guenther Steiner, and the whole of the team. They’re giving a young driver an opportunity and I thank them for that.

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