Nikita Mazepin speaks out on never racing in Formula 1 again

Nikita Mazepin is attempting to remain positive despite his dreams of returning to the top tier of motorsport being dashed repeatedly.

Nikita Mazepin, who was forced out of Haas and Formula 1 due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has expressed that it would not be the end of the world if he is unable to make a comeback to the sport. 

Last week, a judge rejected his request to enter the UK for discussions with teams regarding a potential return in 2024.

When asked by Russian broadcaster Match TV about his desire to return to Formula 1, the 24-year-old responded: “It’s a difficult question. I can clearly tell you what I want, but we live in reality.” 

Mazepin and his father Dmitry, who is also his backer, have been personally implicated in western sanctions against the Russian regime and Vladimir Putin.

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While Mazepin expressed his desire to compete and highlighted his good physical condition, he acknowledged that if a return to Formula 1 is not possible, he has other pursuits that bring him joy. 

He emphasised that at 24 years old, he remains healthy and fit, and until circumstances change, he does not set limitations for himself.

“I could come back. If not, then I have enough to do that brings me pleasure.

“I am 24 years old, I am healthy and in shape. Until something changes, I don’t set limits for myself.

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“I think you need to live without limits, so that there is something to strive for,” Mazepin added, indicating his positive mindset and determination to make the most of his opportunities.

Despite facing setbacks and obstacles, Mazepin’s optimism shines through as he remains open to exploring alternative paths if a return to Formula 1 proves elusive.