Nikita Mazepin is confident that he can make a return to Formula 1 in the future following his departure from Haas ahead of the 2022 season.
After reports that he was planning on taking his former team to court for unpaid wages, the Russian has revealed he is hoping to make a comeback to the sport when his country's war with Ukraine comes to an end.
The war in question is the reason why Mazepin was let go, along with the squad's main sponsor, Uralkali. With severe economic sanctions placed upon Russian companies, Haas took the decision to sever all ties with both driver and sponsor.
The FIA also requested Russian athletes sign a document, stating that they would distance themselves from showing any sort of support for Russia or the country's recent actions, called the 'Neutrality and Peace Commitment;.
But at the time Mazepin claimed that he had not signed the document because he was dismissed by Haas less than 24 hours later.
Now, Mazepin is convinced he will be able to return to F1 in the future, and he is making sure he stays in shape for when the call up comes.
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"I have confidence that in the future it will be possible to return," Mazepin told Russian newspaper Sport-Express.
"Therefore, I am at the same weight and have kept myself in good physical shape, so if such a challenge arises, I will be able to take advantage of it.
"I want to note that the FIA allows me under certain conditions. Sport should unite and athletes from different countries should be able to compete with the best.
"I have always been guided by the principle that when you put on a helmet, you have no skin colour or belong to any particular state."
If the call to race fails to come, Mazepin is still determined to be in the sport, even if it is in a management role and not on the track, as he does not feel that a drive in any other series is not on the cards.
Indycar is not an option
"I'm not interested in Indycar, of course, I cannot say what will happen tomorrow but all my life I wanted to get into Formula 1," Mazepin added.
"I got there, but as they say, appetite comes with eating, and I have no doubt about what I could do in a competitive car.
"Top teams are worth several billion dollars and I think that someday I will come to be a part of this industry as a businessman. But I'm not going to rush into it.”
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