BREAKING NEWS: Mazepin Joins Haas in F1 from 2021 Onwards.
The Russian driver has signed a multi year deal.
Nikita Mazepin has been confirmed as one of the two F1 Haas drivers for 2021. The Russian driver had been rumoured to join the team for a while now, with final confirmation coming today.
Haas announced earlier in the season that both of their current drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, would be departing from the team at the end of the year. Mick Schumacher is expected to join Mazepin at Haas but has not yet been confirmed. It would mean that Haas would go from having two experienced drivers to having a complete rookie line-up.
Mazepin has won two races in F2 this year, in Silverstone and Mugello and currently sits in third place in the Driver's Championship.
Mazepin graduated from karting into cars in 2015 – competing in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Two seasons followed in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship before a move into the GP3 Series in 2018. Mazepin finished as runner-up in the title fight that season with four wins, his success leading the way to Formula 2 in 2019. Mazepin has recent Formula 1 test experience – the Moscow-born racer topping the timesheets in Barcelona’s second in-season test day in May 2019 driving for Mercedes.
There is some controversy around Mazepin's F1 promotion, especially with the news yesterday that Formula 2 race winner and Championship contender Callum Ilott wouldn't be making his F1 debut in 2021. Ilott is more likely to win the Championship that Mazepin and if this happens, he won't be able to move up into F1 but also won't be able to stay in F2 either. Mazepin's signing thus raises questions again about pay drivers and if more can be done to ensure that drivers with talent like Ilott don't miss out on F1 as a result.
The Brit is currently fighting for the 2020 Formula 2 Championship.
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