Almost a year ago, Russian Nikita Mazepin lost his usual spot on Gene Haas’ Grand Prix racing team. Now the 23-year-old Moscow is back on the race tracks.
In February 2022, the American racing team of machine tool manufacturer Gene Haas confirmed the separation of sponsor Uralkali and racing driver Nikita Mazepin – due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The racing driver then repeatedly claimed how unfair this separation was and the corresponding legal proceedings were underway. For months, everything became very quiet around Nikita. At the end of the summer of 2022, we learn that Mazepin has founded an event agency.
The 23-year-old Muscovite attended the Formula 1 world championship final in Abu Dhabi in 2022, after which he reported on Instagram with a disturbing post.
Mazepin has repeatedly stressed that he does not consider his racing career to be over. In December 2022, he told Russian motorsport portal Championat: “I plan to use it in races outside of Russia. Hopefully I can say more about it next January.”
It’s now done: “I am very happy to announce that I will take part in the Asian Le Mans Series.
Mazepin will drive for Team 99 Racing at the wheel of an Oreca 07 LMP2 alongside Englishman Ben Barnicoat and Portuguese Felix Porteiro.
The 2023 Asian Le Mans Series will include four four-hour races in February 2023, in Dubai (11/12) and Abu Dhabi (18/19).
Mazepin: “With my teammates, I hope to have a great experience in the sport that I love so much.”
99 Racing Director Dan Hodder: “It’s an opportunity for Nikita to try something new in racing, in an environment a bit more relaxed than Formula 1. You can see his desire and dedication to be immediately competitive.”
Nikita still believes that one day he will be able to race in Formula 1 again: “On my last day of testing in Spain, I was faster than Mick Schumacher. I already had a plan in place to beat him during the season. Who knows if that would have worked.”
Formula 1 2023
January 31: Haas F1 on the web
February 3: Red Bull Racing in New York
February 6: Williams online
February 7: Alfa Romeo in Zurich
February 11: AlphaTauri in New York
February 13: McLaren at Woking
February 13: Aston Martin at Silverstone
February 14: Ferrari at Maranello
February 15: Mercedes at Silverstone
February 16: Alpine in London
February 23-25: Bahrain International Circuit
Formula 1 World Championship Calendar
05.03. Bahrain GP, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
03/19 Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
02.04. Australian GP, Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
04/30 Azerbaijan GP, Baku City Circuit, Baku*
07.05. Miami GP, Miami International Autodrome, Miami
21/05 Emilia-Romagna GP, Autodrome Enzo and Dino Ferrari, Imola
05/28 Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo
04.06. Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
06/18 Canadian GP, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
02.07. Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg*
09.07. British GP, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
23.07. Hungarian GP, Hungaroring, Budapest
30/07 Belgian GP, Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, Spa*
27/08 Dutch GP, Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
03.09. Italian GP, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
09/17 Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
24/09 Japanese GP, Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
08.10. Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, Doha*
22.10. Austin GP, Circuit of the Americas, Austin*
29.10. Mexican GP, Autodromo Hermann Rodríguez, Mexico City
05.11. Brazilian GP, Autodromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos*
18.11. Las Vegas GP, Las Vegas Street Circuit, Las Vegas
26/11 Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
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