Nikita Mazepin denied any involvement in the controversial video that emerged at the beginning of the F1 season.
The Russian rookie was involved in a scandal when the F1 season began, when a video emerged of him touching a woman inappropriately. This happened before the first race had been flagged off itself. The less said about his on-track controversies and incidents, the better.
Mazepin apologised for his actions in the video and deemed his own behaviour wrong and inappropriate. Now, he has come out and denied having anything to do with the video in the first place.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Beyond the Grid podcast. Mazepin denied any involvement in the controversial video that emerged at the beginning of the F1 season.
“First of all, I want to say that I didn’t post that video, and it wasn’t my hands that touched the woman like that,” the Haas driver said.
Given Mazepin apologised for the incident and said he had learned a lot from the incident, this is really a shocking statement. Mazepin barely dealt with the incident at that time, and now he has essentially retracted his apology.
“I had expected the violent reactions,” Mazepin said.
“The video came eight days after my appointment at Haas. It was a dark day. When I think back, I see it as an opportunity to continue learning, as an opportunity to become a better person.
“I hadn’t quite realised this, because I still saw myself as before, very ordinary. Then I realised what responsibility comes with it. It was really a wake-up call,” he concluded.
These statements will surely be scrutinised by the F1 community, because he is essentially denying that it was him. Mazepin just can’t shy away from controversy.