Nikita Mazepin is Haas Formula 1 Team’s driver for the 2021 season, making the step up from Formula 2 after an outstanding 2020 campaign for Hitech Grand Prix where he claimed two victories.
Having turned a wheel for the first time aged 7, Nikita Mazepin has risen through the ranks with flying colours. Since making his single-seater debut in 2014, the young Russian has consistently showcased his talent and versatility across various categories.
2018 was Nikita’s breakthrough year as he ended the GP3 Series season as vice-champion. He stepped up to Formula 2 with Hitech Grand Prix in 2019 and then tested for reigning Formula 1 world champions Mercedes, topping the timesheets at the Barcelona mid-season test.
In 2020, Nikita truly established himself as he fought for the Formula 2 title until the final round in Bahrain. While the grandest prize may have alluded him, the 21-year-old caught the attention of the Formula 1 paddock with his aggressive overtakes and stunning race pace, which led to wins at Silverstone and Mugello.
For 2021, Nikita becomes the fourth Russian driver to race in Formula 1. On a multi-year deal with the American team Haas, he will make his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March.