Russian Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin is the first confirmed member of the pair to represent Haas F1 on the 2021 championship grid. Mick Schumacher is expected to be announced as his partner in the coming days.
A stage ends at Haas F1A team that debuted in the premier class in 2016 and has since had Romain Grosjean as its official driver alongside Kevin Magnussen, who joined the team a season later.
Both drivers have alternated great moments with other disastrous ones and, finally, Günther Steiner has decided to completely renew the couple for 2021. To do this, he will have two newcomers: the current Formula 2 drivers, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
“Mazepin comes to F1 with the 2018 GP3 Series runner-up as the main sporting claim”
The first of them, son of the seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, has not yet been confirmed, but Haas just announced the hiring of Nikita Mazepin, who has considerable financial support through his father’s business activities, who even tried to buy Force India and Williams.
The Russian arrives in Formula 1 with the 2018 GP3 Series runner-up as the main sporting claim. In addition, in his second season in Formula 2 he has regularly shown himself in the top positions, being third of the general classification with two races to go.
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Pietro Fittipaldi, who will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend replacing the injured Romain Grosjean, who suffered a terrible accident in Bahrain last Sunday from which he fortunately came out with minor injuries to his hands, has not been considered for the starting position.
The hiring of Mazepin and Schumacher closes the doors to experienced pilots like Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg, who are currently without a contract and now see Red Bull Racing their only chance to be on the grid in 2021.
Opportunity for a young pilot
“I am delighted that Nikita Mazepin is driving for the Haas F1 Team next season,” he said. Günther Steiner. “He has underscored his Formula 2 credentials this year with a couple of wins and a handful of podium finishes in what has been a strong second-year season for him. He has become a mature driver moving up in the lower categories, especially more recently in GP3, where he finished second in 2018, and obviously in Formula 2 in the last two seasons.
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The Haas director says he is “excited to see what Nikita can achieve in Formula 1 and we look forward to giving him the opportunity to compete at the highest level in world motorsport. With a record 23-race schedule set for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, you will have a lot of action on the track to learn all the nuances of the Grand Prix ».
For its part, Nikita Mazepin He admits that becoming ‘a Formula 1 driver is a dream come true. I really appreciate the trust placed in me by Gene Haas, Günther Steiner and the entire team. They are giving a young driver a chance and I thank them for that.
The Russian pilot claims to be Eager to start our relationship together, both on and off the track, and naturally I am eager to continue to demonstrate my skills after a solid season in Formula 2. The team will want me for feedback and input with the goal of refining their kit for 2021. I will take on that responsibility and can’t wait to get started »