Russian driver Nikita Mazepin admits he made a “huge mistake” in an incident by which he was filmed inappropriately touching a lady.
The 22-year-old Haas driver mentioned he was “not proud” of his behaviour and understood why it was unsuitable.
“We as human beings have to show a certain behaviour towards each other and I am confident I will be one of those humans from now on,” he mentioned.
“I made a huge mistake but I have taken responsibility and learned from it.”
Mazepin had beforehand issued a public apology, saying he had “let myself and many people down”.
However, he wouldn’t say whether or not he had apologised to the ladies within the video for his actions.
The incident occurred in a automotive in direction of the top of final 12 months and occurred shortly after he was confirmed as a Haas F1 driver for 2021. A video of his actions was posted to his Instagram account and later deleted.
Haas say they’ve dealt with Mazepin’s behaviour internally.
Mazepin mentioned: “They have been very patient helping me learn this matter further and I think on the whole behaviour in the incident I am way further than I have ever been.”
He added: “Graduating to F1 and being an F1 driver means all of a sudden you become a sort of example to a lot of young kids who are aiming to get to the same championship.
“So with that it’s important to be a sure method. I have never carried out it immediately. I used to be too late to understand that sadly.
“And in regards to what I’ve learned, it is quite clear the behaviour you are meant to bring with yourself and how you are meant to act on social media and off social media.”
On Thursday Haas unveiled their automotive’s new livery. It options the colors of the Russian flag in deference to the staff’s new important sponsor, a fertiliser firm owned by Mazepin’s billionaire father Dmitry.
Asked how he felt about being seen as a driver who was in F1 solely due to his father’s cash, Mazepin mentioned: “I am not the only driver who has had it to deal with.
“But it would not actually trouble me as a result of I’m happy with my household and happy with my father and I’m not pondering of it in a adverse method. Also I’m it as a problem to show myself in F1 and I’m going to do it.”
Mazepin said he was still in discussions as to how he would be classified when he races in F1 this year, following the ban on all athletes from competing as Russians as a result of sanctions imposed on the country by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Schumacher within the different automotive
Mazepin’s team-mate is Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael and a member of the Ferrari driver academy.
The 21-year-old is another rookie, who won the Formula 2 championship last year, and said he was “very excited” to start out his profession in F1.
He dismissed claims that having two novice drivers was a handicap for the team, saying: “The staff took that call so I’m positive there’s a good cause for it.
“I see myself and how hungry I am for the season and I want to do well, and I am pretty sure Nikita is the same. We have every right to feel positively of this year.”
Schumacher mentioned he was honoured to convey such an illustrious title again to F1.
“I have never said it was pressure and I am pretty sure I never will because I am very happy to carry that name and to bring it back to F1 and I am proud of it,” he mentioned.
“It is a motivation and it gives me a boost every single day to work as hard as I can.”
Haas have carried out solely restricted updates on their automotive over the winter, having chosen to not use the 2 ‘tokens’ every staff is permitted to make use of on mechanical improvement underneath restrictions imposed on cost-saving grounds.
Team principal Gunther Steiner described 2021 as “a transitional season”.
He mentioned the staff had “put a lot of effort in to get the best out of the short [aerodynamic] development they had” however that it was “pointless” to spend money on bettering an already uncompetitive automotive and higher to direct their sources in direction of designing their automotive for 2022, when main regulation adjustments are being launched.