Nikita Mazepin has explained that he will continue driving in F1 after talk that he would have to participate in mandatory military service.
In Russia, men aged 18 to 27 are required to do 12 months of military service but Mazepin has explained that it will have no effect on his F1 career.
"For me, everything is very clear," Mazepin told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "In Russia, there are two ways you can meet conscription.
"The first option is to complete your studies and then work full-time for a year. The other option is to be trained as a reserve officer for three years.
That's one day a week and actually just takes place in a classroom. That's what I've been doing for two years."
Mazepin hopes to graduate as a reserve officer next year as his regular studies continue to progress.
"Last week I passed my last exam of the first four years at university," added Mazepin. "I want to get a second master's degree in the next two years."