Mazepin won’t say whether or not he apologised to girl in grope video · RaceFans

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Nikita Mazepin, Haas, 2021

Haas driver Nikita Mazepin refused to say whether or not he has apologised to Andrea D’lval, the lady he was seen groping in a video he posted on social media in December.

Talking to media for the primary time for the reason that incident three months in the past, Mazepin confirmed he was the one who uploaded the video and never D’Ival, as was claimed on the time.

“I take the responsibility for my actions, I’m very firm in that,” he stated. “In regards to the video coming on to social media, I can say it was in my hands that I’ve put it there.”

Nonetheless he refused to say whether or not he had apologised for grabbing her breast whereas the pair sharing a automobile collectively.

“I think her privacy matter is very important in this case,” stated Mazepin. “I don’t think it would be correct for me to bring other people into this very wide media discussion. And that’s why I’m not going to do that.”

In a 20-minute convention involving media together with RaceFans, Mazepin confronted sustained questioning over the incident earlier than journalists had been requested to handle different topics. The video, which has prompted sturdy criticism from followers, appeared eight days after Haas introduced the System 2 driver will race for them this 12 months.

Mazepin stated he was “not proud” of the incident and that he “didn’t behave as I’m meant to behave being in Formula 1.” He stated he had been gradual to understand the completely different expectations folks would have of him after his promotion.

“Graduating to Formula 1 and being a Formula 1 driver means that all of a sudden you become an example to a lot of young kids who are aiming to get to the same championship. So with that you have to bring a certain way of behaviour towards yourself.

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“I haven’t done it instantly because I was too late to realise that, unfortunately. In regards to what I’ve learned it’s quite clear first of all with the behaviour that you are meant to bring with yourself and second how you are meant to act on social media and off social media.”

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“Obviously the transition phase between Formula 2 and Formula 1 is very big,” Mazepin added. “So there’s a lot on your mind. The learning curve is very steep when you have to get into your first race. So obviously that takes the very big part of your brain capacity.”

Haas strongly criticised the emergence of the video in December, describing it as “abhorrent” on the time. Mazepin stated his staff has been “very helpful” in direction of him since then.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the team because they have been really supportive in helping him to learn through this incident,” he stated.

“They’ve been very patient in taking the time and helping me learn this matter further and I think that in my education phase on the whole behaviour incident I’m way further than I have ever been. So that’s very helpful.”

The staff has been inundated with complaints about their resolution to maintain Mazepin of their line-up for the upcoming season. He hopes he can show he deserves a spot in System 1.

“I’m not going to be able to put words in people’s mouths. I am pretty sure that I will be delivering on-track. I’m confident that with the effort I’m putting in and with the actions I’m taking. The results will be there and I’m going to try to have the racing do the talking.”

Requested whether or not he understood his actions within the video had been improper, Mazepin stated: “Yes, I understand.

“I have taken the responsibility for it as I said previously, both on and off the circuit. We as human beings have to show a certain behaviour towards each other to live in a calm and, you know, ‘humanity’ world. So I’m confident that I will be one of those humans from now.”

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