NIKITA MAZEPIN has apologised after posting a video of himself groping a woman behind a automotive.
It was introduced final week that the Russian can be becoming a member of Haas for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Mazepin competed in F2 within the 2020 seasonCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Russian posted an apology on InstagramCredit score: Instagram @nikita_mazepin
However there have already been calls from followers to sack the 21-year-old, after he posted the disturbing video on-line.
Having deleted the publish, Mazepin has now taken to social media to apologise for his actions, insisting that he has to ‘maintain himself to the next customary’.
He wrote: “I want to apologise for my latest actions each by way of my very own inappropriate behaviour and the truth that it was posted onto social media.
“I’m sorry for the offense I’ve rightly prompted and to the embarrassment I’ve delivered to Haas F1 Crew.
“I’ve to carry myself to the next customary as a System 1 driver and I acknowledge I’ve let myself and many individuals down.
“I promise I’ll study from this.”
A lady who claims to have been within the video, nevertheless, has insisted the incident was an ‘inner joke’ between ‘mates’.
She wrote: “Hello guys, I simply wish to let Nikita and I’ve been good mates for a very long time and nothing from the video was severe in any respect!
A lady claiming to be within the video posted her aspect of the story
“We belief one another a lot and this was a foolish means of joking between us.
“I posted the video on his story as an inner joke. I’m actually sorry.
“I may give you my phrase he is a extremely good particular person and he would by no means do something to harm or humiliate me.”
Following the incident, Haas have additionally launched their very own assertion.
They wrote: “Haas F1 Crew doesn’t condone the behaviour of Nikita Mazepin within the video lately posted on his social media.
“Moreover, the actual fact that the video was posted on social media can be abhorrent to Haas F1 Crew.
“The matter is being handled internally and no additional remark shall be made right now.”
Mazepin competed for Hitech Racing in F2 through the 2020 season, coming fifth behind Robert Shwartzman, Yuki Tsunoda, Calum Ilott and Mick Schumacher.