The news of the arrival of Nikita Mazepin to Formula 1 went into the background. Moments before the announcement, Lewis Hamilton tested positive for coronavirusCOVID-19) and overshadowed the team’s announcement Haas. However, it is striking that a driver without so many laurels quickly rises to the top flight of world motorsport.
Nikita Mazepin is a 21-year-old Russian pilot, currently competing in the Formula 2. Mazepin signed a ‘multi-year’ contract with the Haas team, which ensures several seasons in Formula 1. Based on sponsors, press and many millions of dollars, the Russian fulfilled the dream of many young drivers, to reach the top flight. .
Mazepin’s arrival in Formula 1 had a fundamental factor, the economic capital of his father, Dmitry Mazepin. The patriarch of the family owns one of the most important chemical companies in Russia. The family business is a mineral fertilizer factory and will be one of the main contributors to the Haas team, which is a bad thing when it comes to money.
The results of the Russian pilot are quite irregular. Although he is third in the Formula 2 championship, his performance is quite mixed. He achieved two victories on the season, the first at Silverstone and the second at Mugello. In addition, he was on the podium of the category six times. He is 43 points behind his teammate from the 2021 Formula 1 season: Mick schumacher.
Haas decided to form the driver duo for 2021, with drivers who have not yet competed in Formula 1. A bet that can be a before and after in the teams’ organizations. However, if the expected results are not achieved, it can be fatal for the aspirations of the American team in the future.