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Nikita Mazepin

Mazepin insists he's learned from controversial incident

Nikita Mazepin didn't get his Formula 1 career off on the right foot after a controversial incident back in December. The Russian revealed he's not proud of the matter while also stating he's using it as a learning experience.

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Haas driver Nikita Mazepin believes he's done enough to put the controversial incident that saw him make headlines for all the wrong reasons back in December behind him.

The Russian will take part in his maiden Formula 1 campaign this season, however things got off on the wrong foot when he posted a video to his Instagram account showing him touching a woman in the back of the car. The video was deleted, but reaction to the incident was far from positive.

Haas condemned the video and Mazepin apologised for his conduct, and he insists he's learned a tough lesson from it all.

"First of all it's very important to say that my actions in December about the whole incident were incorrect," Mazepin told ESPN.co.uk. "I do take the full responsibility for it.

"It was a very big learning experience and I can confidently say that I'm much further in my knowledge on this kind of matter than I used to be, so there's a small bit of positivity there."

Mazepin believes fans, who have used the hashtag #WeSayNoToMazepin on Twitter whenever Haas has shared content about the Russian, are right to criticise him, though he says he's made progress since the incident.

"I totally understand they are correct in their feelings and that I was not correct with my actions,' Mazepin added. "I'm not proud of it. It's important to progress.

"The people who are with me over the past 21 years know who I am. It's very difficult to be fake for people and I'm far from that. I will be myself outside of the track, like I've been. I've had my ups and my lows, but that's part of life. I think the racing should do the speaking, mostly."


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