Son of wealthy Russian oligarch Dmitry, Nikita Mazepin will form half of an all-rookie line-up at Haas F1 Team in 2021 having graduated from Formula 2.rnrn rnrnEarly careerrnrnMazepin competed in karts from 2011 to 2014. He finished second in the 2014 CIK-FIA World Championship to Lando Norris before graduating to Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC series’ in 2015.rnrn rnrnFormula 3, GP3 and F2rnrnIn his first season in FIA Formula 3, Mazepin finished the year 20th in the championship with just four points finishes across the 30-race season. Mazepin was involved in an altercation with Callum Ilott after the latter had blocked the Russian in qualifying. Mazepin struck Ilott in the face and was banned for one race as a result. 2016 was also the first time Mazepin got to test a Formula 1 car, driving for Force India during pre-season testing.rnrnIn 2017, he improved to 10th in the standings with three podium finishes.rnrnA move to GP3 followed in 2018 and turned out to be a strong year for the Russian driver. Mazepin achieved four wins that season, more than any rival driver in the series. He finished runner up in the championship to Anthoine Hubert.rnrnIn 2019, Mazepin moved up to Formula 2 with ART Grand Prix but it was a tough season for him. While team-mate Nyck de Vries won the title, Mazepin finished a distant 18th in the championship standings with no wins and 11 points.rnrnMazepin moved across to Hitech GP for 2020 and enjoyed a much more competitive season, winning two races and finishing fifth in the standings.rnrnHis racecraft attracted criticism on multiple occasions as he built up penalty points for infractions across the year. He earned two time penalties in the final round for forcing another driver off track to leave himself on 11 of the maximum 12 penalty points.rnrn rnrnGraduation to F1 with HaasrnrnMazepin was announced as a Haas F1 driver ahead of the final F2 round of the 2020 season. The Russian attracted controversy just a week after the announcement, posting a video to his social media groping a woman in the back of a car. Haas and F1 released statements condemning his actions and the American team said that the issue would be dealt with internally.