Earlier this year, Haas decided to take a completely new path in 2021 and not renew the contract of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Formula 2 drivers Mazepin and Mick Schumacher were then quickly linked to the US team as potential replacements in 2021.
On Tuesday morning, the Haas team confirmed that Mazepin will at least play for the team next year. The Russian has signed a “multi-year contract” with the team, making his debut in Formula 1.
Dream come true
With one race weekend to go, Mazepin is currently third in the Formula 2 Championship, behind Ferrari talents Schumacher and Callum Ilott. In 2018 he came second in the GP3 Championship. He previously tested in Formula 1 for the teams of Force India and Mercedes.
“A lifelong dream is coming true,” said the Russian. “I am putting the confidence of Gene Haas, Günther Steiner and the whole teams. They give a young driver a chance and I am grateful for that. ”
Son of a multi-billionaire
Mazepin also brings quite a few millions to the Haas team with his debut. The Russian is the son of multi-billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, the owner of chemical group Uralkali who previously tried to take over Force India’s F1 team. However, the racing stable was eventually sold to a group of Canadian investors led by Lawrence Stroll. Mazepin disagreed and filed a lawsuit as a result of the acquisition process, which has still not been finalized.
The 21-year-old Mazepin will be the third Russian in Formula 1 next year, after Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat. The latter is currently still driving for the AlphaTauri team, but will probably not return there in 2021.