Nikita Mazepin Biography
Nikita Mazepin is a Russian racing driver who last raced for Haas F1 in the 2021 Formula One World Championship under the Russian Automobile Federation flag. He originally signed to race for the team in 2022, however, his contract was terminated after the first winter due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Previously, Nikita competed in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Hitech Grand Prix.
Mazepin started rising in the world of Formula 1 as early as 2016 when he was just 17. He was first hired by Force India to be a development driver and stayed in the role for three seasons. By the time he quit, Nikita had started to impress in the lower categories with an excellent 2018 season driving for ART Grand Prix in GP3 finishing the year in P2 with four wins to his name.
Mazepin then moved to Formula 2 and after a low profile in the first year, he enjoyed greatly in his second year winning two races, getting six podiums, and finishing the season in P5. Luckily, Haas opted to hand him a full-time seat for the 2021 F1 campaign. However, it did not take long before a video posted on his social media of him groping a woman caused widespread calls for the American team to drop him.
Nikita Mazepin Age
Mazepin is 24 years old as of 2023. He was born on March 2, 1999, in Moscow, Russia. In addition, Nikita celebrates his birthday on March 2nd every year.
Nikita Mazepin Girlfriend
Mazepin is currently single. However, he was previously in a relationship with Alena Shishkova (2016 – 2017). Since his previous relationship, Nikita has not had any other relationship known to the public.
Nikita Mazepin Family
Nikita is the son of Dmitry Mazepin, a renowned Belarusian-Russian oligarch businessman. Dmitry is the majority shareholder and chair of Uralchem. However, his mother’s name is still unknown. It is also not clear whether Nikita has siblings or not.
Nikita Mazepin Height
Mazepin stands at an approximate height of 1.76 m and weighs 72 Kg.
Nikita Mazepin Career
Mazepin had a significant amount of experience driving F1 cars before gaining a full-time seat on the grid. Force India signed him as a development driver in 2016. In that role, which he held for three seasons, he participated in various team testing sessions as well as a significant amount of simulator work.
In addition, he has driven a Mercedes several times. He completed 12 days of private testing in the W08 in early 2019, and a few months later, he was given the opportunity to drive that year’s Silver Arrow in the in-season tests in Barcelona. He ended up topping the timesheets in the session he ran, and his best time, a 1:15.775, was only two tenths slower than Valtteri Bottas’s the previous day.
The fact that he had previously worked with an F1 team and driven F1 cars was a factor in Haas’ decision to sign him as a full-time driver at the end of 2020, as was the significant funding that he brings. His first F1 assignment, however, was far from easy, because Haas had already decided not to develop the VF-21, instead of focusing on the new 2022 regulations.
Mazepin was relegated to the back of the pack as a result, but more concerningly, his pace in the early rounds was comfortably behind that of fellow rookie teammate Mick Schumacher. Mazepin was unhappy with the older chassis he was using, believing it was heavier and thus slower, and claimed it took Haas “five races” to believe him when he said there was a problem with his car.
After the summer break, a new one arrived, presumably paid for by Mazepin’s father Dmitry Mazepin rather than Haas, and Mazepin’s performance in comparison to Schumacher improved from there. Mazepin’s form suffered again after damaging that chassis during practice at the Qatar Grand Prix, with the Russian driver missing the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi after testing positive for COVID-19 before race day.
Mazepin also had his share of quarrels with Schumacher, which stemmed primarily from Haas’ policy of rotating track positions between the drivers during qualifying flying laps. At the Dutch GP, Schumacher was also harsh on Mazepin, accusing him of attempting to put himself and other drivers in the wall. Mazepin had previously been given a five-second time penalty for colliding with Schumacher at Monza.
Mazepin’s best result of the season came at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he finished P21 in a 20-driver championship after Robert Kubica finished P14 and P15 in his two Alfa Romeo appearances. Despite this, both Mazepin and Schumacher remained with Haas for the 2022 season.
Nikita Mazepin Net Worth
Mazepin has an estimated net worth of $5 million. His income is mainly from his successful career as a racing driver. In addition, his father Dmitry Mazepin is a Russian tycoon.