Almost a 12 months in the past, Russian Nikita Mazepin misplaced his common spot on Gene Haas’ Grand Prix workforce. Now the 23-year-old Moscow native is returning to the racetracks.
In February 2022, engine producer Gene Haas’s American racing workforce confirmed that sponsor Uralkali and race driver Nikita Mazepin had parted firm over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Since then, the race driver has repeatedly confirmed how unfair this division is, and the related authorized proceedings are ongoing. For a number of months there was silence round Nikita. At the top of the summer time of 2022, it grew to become identified that Mazepin created an occasion company.
The 23-year-old from Moscow took half within the last of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship in Abu Dhabi, after which he posted a disturbing submit on Instagram.
Mazepin has repeatedly said that he doesn’t take into account his racing profession to be over. In December 2022, he informed the Russian motorsport portal Championat: “I plan to make use of it in races exterior Russia. I hope to have the ability to clarify extra about this subsequent January.”
It simply occurred: “I’m very glad to announce that I shall be taking part within the Asian Le Mans Series.”
Mazepin will drive the Oreca 07 LMP2 for Team 99 Racing alongside Englishman Ben Barnicoat and Portuguese Felix Porteiro.
The Asian Le Mans 2023 collection contains 4 four-hour races in February 2023 in Dubai (11/12) and Abu Dhabi (18/19).
Mazepin: “With my common teammates, I hope to get an awesome expertise within the sport I like.”
99 Race Director Dan Hodder stated: “This is a chance for Nikita to attempt one thing new in racing in a extra relaxed setting than Formula 1. We can instantly see his need and dedication to be aggressive.”
Nikita nonetheless believes that sooner or later he’ll be capable of compete once more in Formula 1: “On the final check day in Spain I used to be sooner than Mick Schumacher. I had a plan to beat him all season lengthy. Who is aware of if it might have labored.”
Formula 1 2023
January 31: Haas F1 Online
February 3: Red Bull Racing in New York
February 6: Williams on-line
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, Sahir
19.03 Saudi Arabian GP, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
02.04. Australian GP, Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
04/30 Azerbaijan GP, Baku City Circle, Baku *
07.05. Miami GP, Miami International Speedway, Miami
21.05 Emilia Romagna GP, Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari, Imola
28.05 Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
04.06. Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalonia, Montmelo
18.06 The Canadian Doctor, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
02.07. Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg *
09.07. British GP, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
23.07. Hungarian GP, Hungary, Budapest
07/30 Belgian GP, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa*
27.08 Netherlands GP, Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
03.09. Italian GP, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
17.09 Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
24.09 Japan 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 Herman Rodriguez, 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
* Sprint format