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Mazepin "needs to grow up" says Steiner

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09/01/2021

Insisting that the issue of his "abhorrent" video post is not "done and dusted", Haas boss, Guenther Steiner warns that Nikita Mazepin "needs to grow up".

Even before the Russian posted the video, which shows him laughing while groping a young woman in the back of a car, Mazepin was gaining an unwelcome reputation.

At the opening round of the Formula 3 European Championship in 2016, the Russian made the headlines for the wrong reasons, when he punched rival Callum Ilott in the face after he felt the British driver had blocked him. As a result of the incident he was excluded from the next round.

After pushing Yuki Tsunoda wide at Spa last year, Mazepin was handed a 5 second time penalty which cost him victory, while at the season finale, days after being announced as a Haas driver for 2021, he was handed two penalties for his dangerous on-track antics.

Speaking to TheRace.com, team boss Guenther Steiner insists the video affair is not "done and dusted" and that the Russian "needs to grow up".

"This is a young man who needs to grow up and for sure we have dealt with this and we will continue to deal with this," said Steiner.

"We are not saying that this was OK and letting him get away with it," he added in reaction to claims the matter had been swept under the carpet. "We are educating him and will keep on educating him for his future.

"There will be consequences if this or something similar happens again," he warned.

"We have put things in place that will help him to get better and make sure this doesn't happen again; not to make the same mistake again, because this was a clear mistake."

Meanwhile, on social media, fans using the #Wesaynotomazepin hashtag have called on the American team, indeed F1, to act, claiming that his actions over the years make a mockery of the sport's ongoing drive for inclusivity and respect.

"People have an opinion, that's fine," said Steiner of the social media campaign, "also internally people didn't like what happened, and this is why we continue to take this seriously.

"This is a distraction that we don't want, but sometimes these things happen."

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1. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 12/01/2021 3:20

"I strongly dislike “cancel culture” for a variety of reasons. Haas would have been justified in firing him over that video, and I think they displayed poor judgment in chasing his rubles vs a better, and better behaved driver. That said, they have thus far chosen to stick with him and apply whatever internal discipline they deemed fit. Far as I’m concerned if he keeps things clean from here on out his on track performance should be the arbiter of his future. If he doesn’t keep things clean, well..."

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2. Posted by F One, 10/01/2021 13:17

"No he needs to be fired."

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3. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 10/01/2021 10:36

"Let’s face it, most 21 year old’s who have had everything hand to them on a plate have absolutely no concept of responsibility and a moral compass that only points at their ego.

Guenther dispensing realities of life could be the father-figure that he needs as he is obviously beyond being sent to bed with no tea even if that is the level of his antics."

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4. Posted by TSGoodchild, 09/01/2021 18:27

"It will be interesting to see how the media treat him and in particular Sky Sports especially after the discussion they had on air about his antics and what must be done. This won't go a way for a while and as soon as fans are allowed back into watch races at the circuit, the feelings will be shown - how Mazepin then deals with it is down to him. I can't help but think that some form of video apology and admission of wrongdoing has been sorely missed by Mazepin and by Haas. "

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5. Posted by Wokingchap, 09/01/2021 15:11

"Like father like son !"

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6. Posted by Lakota, 09/01/2021 13:26

"He won't last . Doesn't have the right temperament "

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