#9 Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin F1 2021 profile picture full size new colours Photo Haas F1 Team Edited by MAXF1net

Nationality Russian
Date of birth 02 March, 1999
Place of birth Moscow, Russia
Age 22
Height 176 cm
Weight 68 kg
F1 career 2021 –
Best classification
Races started
Wins
Podium places
Pole positions
Front row
Fastest laps
Points
Races led
Official website https://nikitamazepin.com/

Biography

Nikita Mazepin is the fourth Russian in Formula 1 after Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat and he started his racing career in karting in 2012 for the Tony Kart Racing Team, with which he competed in both 2013 and 2014.

The next step in Mazepin career was Formula Renault 2.0 in which he competed in two series – the European and NEC series – and also competed in the Toyota Racing Series NZ where he finished in 18th place.

Although he drove four Formula Renault 2.0 NEC races in 2016, Mazepin turned to challenges in the European Formula 3 series in which he finished 20th among 22 drivers and in British Formula 3 he drove three races and achieved one victory.

Despite the lack of success in the early stages of his career, Mazepin, at the age of 17, thanks to his billionaire father, got the opportunity to test Force India’s F1 car VJM09 on 12 and 13 July in 2016 on Silverstone and drove more than 600 miles in two days.

Nikita Mazepin driving 2018 F1 Force India F1 car VJM11 (Photo: Force India)

In 2017, Mazepin continued to compete in European Formula 3 in which he drove for the Hitech GP team and finished 10th in the drivers’ standings with three podiums, and again tested the Force India F1 car – he drove for two days in the Hungaroring (August) and one day in Abu Dhabi (December) thus accumulating more than 900 kilometers in the current VJM10.

After two seasons in European Formula 3, Mazepin continued in the same competition in 2018, but replaced the Hitech GP team with the ART Grand Prix and won the first race of the season in Barcelona.

Mazepin secured second place at the end of the season behind Anthoine Hubert, who tragically died in the summer of 2019 in the F2 race at Spa Francorchamps, and on his way to the runner-up title, the Russian achieved four victories and eight podiums.

Nikita Mazepin, private tester, Mercedes AMG F1
Nikita Mazepin, Mercedes F1 W10 Barcelona, 2019 F1 season test (Photo: Daimler)

Also, Mazepin tested for Force India F1 Team in 2018, two days in Barcelona and one day at Hungaroring, driving their current F1 car VJM11.

After three seasons in Formula 3, Mazepin moved to Formula 2 in the ART Grand Prix in 2019, and in his debut season he finished in 18th place out of 27 drivers and tested the current Mercedes F1 car F1 W10 in Barcelona.

In the second F2 season of 2020, Mazepin changed the team again and returned to the Hitech Grand Prix for which he drove in Formula 3 in 2017, finishing fifth in the drivers’ standings with two wins and six podiums.

Thanks to solid results and the financial support of his father who brought sponsorship money to Haas with sponsor Uralkali, Mazepin secured a driving seat in Formula 1 in 2021 in which his teammate will be Mick Schumacher.

2021 Haas VF-21 unveal front side shot Bahrain testing Photo Haas
Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21 (Photo: Haas)