Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin taking the blame for inappropriate behavior

Haas F1 Mazepin apologizes
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin has taken full responsibility and apologizes after being filmed groping a woman in an apparent episode of sexual harassment.

The behavior was condemned as “abhorrent” by his new Haas team in December. The video showed Mazepin apparently groping a woman’s chest in a car. The video quickly circulated on Instagram Stories and across social networks before Mazepin deleted it.

“I’m not proud of it,” Mazepin said Thursday at his team’s online car launch. “I have taken the responsibility for it both on and off the circuit. As human beings (we) have to show a certain behavior towards each other.”

Mazepin said he did not upload the video but blamed himself nevertheless.

“There is no confusion from my side. I take the responsibility for my actions, I’m very firm in that. In regards to the video coming onto social media, I can say that it wasn’t my hands that have put it there.”

Mazepin, 22, did not say if he has apologized to the woman.

“I think a privacy matter is very important in this case,” he said. “I don’t think it would be correct for me to bring other people into this very wide media discussion.”

He is the son of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, who financially backs the racing effort. The car’s new livery carries the colors of the Russian flag: White on top, blue in the middle, red on the bottom – and the name of his father’s fertilizer company.

He is the second driver in F1 with a billionaire father involved. Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll’s father owns the team.

“It doesn’t really bother me because I am proud of my family, proud of my father, and I am not taking this in a negative way,” Mazepin said. “I have to prove myself in F1 and I am going to do it.”

He will be racing against F2 champion Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Mazepin was asked if he can beat Schumacher, his rival in F2 last year and in previous categories.

“I’ve done it before, when we competed in the same car, and I’ve also been beaten by him in the same car, so I think it’s all up for grabs,” said Mazepin, fifth in F2 last year. “The challenge will be very interesting there, no doubt.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher, meanwhile, has been working on strength building.

“My main focus has been neck training,” he said. “I’ve been training my neck since mid-December every day. I feel very fit, I feel very good.”

The season starts on March 28 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with preseason also taking place in Bahrain next weekend.

It seems an appropriate place for Schumacher to start his F1 career, since his father won the inaugural race there in 2004 in style, with the fastest lap and pole position.

“My father won there so definitely good memories. There is a corridor going to the track filled with (photos) of each (winner). Seeing my dad on there is very special,” he said. “I’m very happy to carry that surname and to carry that name back into F1. I’m very proud of it, it’s like a boost for me.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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