Mazepin says he wasn’t being “kicked out” in nightclub video

2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

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[raceweekendpromotion]Nikita Mazepin said he was not “kicked out” of a nightclub in Mexico after a video circulated on social media apparently showing him involved in an argument with staff at a venue.

The Haas driver said he spoke to club staff after a member of his team was not allowed in to join them in the venue, and stayed there for several hours.

“The situation from my side is very clear and definitely nobody was kicked out,” said Mazepin. “I was upset because one of my engineers was leaving, so I invited everybody from the team to see me and one of the members wasn’t let in, unfortunately.

“I cleared it up. It took about three, four minutes and everybody was in and actually it was a very good party. So we stayed for a few hours.”

Mazepin’s team principal Guenther Steiner said he was “made aware of this video” but hadn’t discussed it with his driver yet. “I think it was more like an argument with one of the security guys than a fight,” he said. “Normally when we fight in South Tyrol it looks different,” added Steiner.

“So this was more like a verbal argument about something. I haven’t spoke with him yet because I haven’t seen him but I think this was more like he couldn’t get access somewhere and just tried to make his point.”

Mazepin’s conduct has attracted criticism on previous occasions. He was banned from a Formula 3 race in 2016 for punching rival Callum Ilott. After he signed for Haas at the end of last season a video emerged of him groping a woman in a car, which the team criticised.

Steiner said the previous incidents involving Mazepin have made him a focus of attention. “It’s like first of all, everything what he’s done, whoever does it, it’s immediately filmed from somebody,” he said. “Nikita, I think he has got a reputation and it’s even played up I would say. So it isn’t made any easier for him.”

Mazepin and several other people appear not to be wearing masks in the footage, despite F1’s ongoing precautions to minimise exposure of its staff and participants to Covid-19.

Asked by RaceFans whether this was permitted, Steiner said: “I think so. It’s difficult with the Covid how it is now to decide what is right and what is wrong.

“But this goes beyond motorsport and what we should be talking here, in my opinion. Everyone’s got an opinion about it and is entitled to it. I think at some stage we just need to try to live a normal life, if people are vaccinated. And he is vaccinated, by the way.”

Asked whether it was fair on other staff in F1, Steiner said: “I don’t know. I cannot answer that, fair or not fair, I don’t want to be a judge.”

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8 comments on “Mazepin says he wasn’t being “kicked out” in nightclub video”

  1. GS certainly knows who signs the cheques.

  2. Must be a slow news day.

    1. I think it’s more of an ‘opportunity to twist something about Mazepin into a negative’ day. Not by racefans.net but by media in general. I get it. We don’t particularly like him. But unfortunately that means people know a negative piece will get clicks whether it’s true or not. Which is unfair on him. Ho hum.

      1. how much are you being paid you to shill for mazepin Brian ?
        There is no anti mazepin bias on Racefans who do not need to twist anything as the facts speak for themselves, mazepin is a disgrace on and off track and is only in F1 because his daddy and his billions can cover up his sons disgusting off track activities and prevents haas from going bankrupt.

        If anything he gets more positive spin than he deserves, If he was Japanese most of the motorsport community would call for the electric chair, the media wrongly demonizes Yuji Ide as the worst driver in F1(they omit that his 2006 Super Aguri was an ancient 4 year old arrows chassis) but he is a saint compared to Mazepin.

  3. Just so glad that when I was his age in the 1980s there wasn’t someone everywhere I went filming the stupid things I did. And that there weren’t legions of people simply DESPERATE to take offence at everything.

    I hasten to add, I am not condoning anything he did or didn’t do – just bemoaning the society that we find forced upon us by the ever present camera on the phone and social media sharks trying to make a name for themselves.

  4. I.e., false alarm.

  5. “Would someone please think of the children”

  6. “invited the team to see me” lol. No wonder he keeps crashing he can’t see where he is going with his head up his ……..

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