Former F1 driver Nikita Mazepin has claimed that his career is currently ‘on hiatus’ and he is seeking a new challenge at the top level of motorsport as soon as he receives an exciting offer.
Nikita was sacked by Haas in an unceremonious manner, following the team’s decision to end its sponsorship deal with Uralkali.
Uralkali is a company owned by Nikita’s father Dmitry Mazepin and was a leading contributor as far as his seat at Haas was concerned.
However, with this deal breaking down, it made Haas take the inevitable step of sacking Mazepin.
Since then, he has been replaced by Kevin Magnussen, who has caught some eyes on his return to F1.
This is exactly what Mazepin has in mind for himself.
The Russian driver insisted that he wants to continue playing a part in motorsport and while his priority is F1, he has other options in his mind too.
“My career is now on hiatus,” Mazepin said.
“But I have been involved in motorsport for 18 years, and I have no intention of leaving it. I’m keeping fit and I hope to return to Formula 1.
“If it doesn’t work out, I will consider other options.
“For example, I’m interested in racing in the desert.
“The Dakar is possible, as is the Silk Road rally.”
Mazepin’s life has changed drastically
Since the fallout, Haas has reportedly refused to pay Uralkali $13 million that was owed to them through funding at the start of the season.
Nikita was critical of the ‘cancel culture’ that has emerged across sports towards Russian athletes.
He spoke about how much his life has changed since losing his spot at Haas.
“My life has changed radically in just one month,” he said.
“I’m thinking about taking part in some competitions in Russia.
“All things in life, however, even the bad ones, have a beginning and an end.
“I hope that soon there will be another change, this time positive, in my life and in my career.”