Amid continued outrage over Nikita Mazepin’s groping of an Instagram model earlier this month, all of the Russian racing driver’s tweets have vanished from his profile.
This comes as, earlier this week, Mazepin deleted the tweet in which he posted his apology to the Haas F1 Team and the F1 community for groping an Instagram model.
“I would like to apologise for my recent actions, both in terms of my own inappropriate behaviour, and the fact that it was posted on to social media,” Mazepin wrote in the now-deleted tweet and in a post uploaded to his Instagram story following the incident.
“I am sorry for the offence I have rightly caused and to the embarrassment I have brought to Haas F1 Team. I have to hold myself to a higher standard as a Formula One driver and I acknowledge I have let myself and many people down. I promise I will learn from this,” the Russian racing driver added.
Earlier, the Haas F1 Team said they are dealing with the “abhorrent” incident internally, without providing further details.
Despite a petition calling for the Haas F1 Team to drop Nikita Mazepin getting tens of thousands of signatures, it seems he will nevertheless be competing with the American racing outfit in Formula One next year.
His father, Dmitry Mazepin, is believed to be paying the team around $20 million per year for his place on the F1 grid.