Russian businessman Dmitry Mazepin is looking into buying the Haas F1 team, according to reports.
The Italian version of Motorsport.com claims Mazepin, who is understood to be a billionaire, would install his son Nikita, currently sixth in the 2020 F2 Championship, as one of the drivers should he take control of the team.
Mazepin Jnr, 21, recently won the F2 feature race at Mugello for the Hitech team and if he retains his place among the top seven in the standings after the four remaining rounds in the series, he will be eligible for an F1 super-licence.
PEREZ CANCELS OPTIONS AT HAAS DUE TO MAZEPIN’ NEGOTIATIONS
Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has cancelled negotiations with Haas, reports F1 Insider. He would have done this because he was told that the father of the Russian Nikita Mazepin wants to take over the team so that his son gets a seat there. Perez is looking for a seat himself because he has to make way for Sebastian Vettel next year.
Mazepin is currently sixth in the Formula 2 championship, but he can still finish third, which is a prerequisite for obtaining the F1 Super License. However, this could still be changed, as FIA President Jean Todt wants to relax the regulations as the season has been shortened by the corona pandemic.
“PEREZ IN TROUBLE, MAZEPIN POSSIBLY TO HAAS F1”
Motorsport reports that Haas has an attractive offer on the table to give the Russian driver Nikita Mazepin a seat. The driver’s father will take a big bag of money with him to the team. The driver is almost assured of his super license, after which he has all the cards in hand for a seat with the American team.
Meanwhile, this is bad news for Sergio Pérez, who until recently was mentioned as the big contender for a seat at Haas. Still, the Mexican does not have to fear that he has nowhere to go. Rumour has it that he has a chance with Williams, now that the British race stable has been taken over by Dorilton Capital. The contracts of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell are said to be in jeopardy as a result.
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