Since his expulsion from Haas, Nikita Mazepin has been quiet. The former Russian Formula 1 driver, who misplaced his place in the premier class shortly after the begin of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is barred from worldwide competitors.
In normal, Russian racing drivers are allowed to take part in FIA occasions in the event that they signal the applicable doc, however resulting from the shut involvement of the Russian state equipment round the Mazepin household and the ruler Vladimir Putin, this isn’t doable for Mazepin.
Mazepin wins in rally-car
In current weeks, Mazepin has returned to motorsport as a rally driver. Mazepin solely competed in the T3 buggy class at the Silk Way Rally in his dwelling nation.
At the end in Moscow on Sunday, Mazepin lined nearly 4463.73 kilometers and received the discipline of 14 contributors. After crossing the end line, Mazepin mentioned: “It was an excellent expertise that I want to repeat. Ten days off-road was an unforgettable expertise. We went by means of quite a bit with the workforce throughout the rally. It was very intense, it felt like a month on the highway.”
“It’s necessary to say that it is not simply my achievement, it is the victory of the entire workforce, who put a lot work into the automobile each evening,” continued Mazepin. Despite this success, the 23-year-old just isn’t trying to swap to rallying in the long run, however desires to return to circuit racing. “I’ve acquired a very good understanding of what cross nation is, however I’m not going to surrender my profession in top-level motorsport,” he mentioned defiantly.
The route of the “Silk Road” rally took the drivers by means of ten phases, ranging from the metropolis of Astrakhan on the northern coast of the Caspian Sea by means of the Caucasus on July 7, 2022, and stopping, amongst others, in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Rally by means of the south-west of Russia and in the second half north by means of Volgograd to Moscow.
Silk Road Rally: 2022 solely in Russia
In the previous, the Silk Way Rally was a part of the Rally Raid World Championship and sometimes went by means of Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan along with Russia. For instance, in 2021, Austrian Matthias Walkner succeeded in a shortened model of the marathon rally, which needed to be shortened resulting from the corona pandemic and the native bubonic plague in Mongolia.
In the previous, Dakar legends similar to Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sam Sunderland have additionally been included in the checklist of winners of the Silk Road Rally. By the method, Nikita Mazepin just isn’t the first Formula 1 driver to efficiently take part in the rally. Sports automobile icon Jean-Louis Schlesser, who took half in the 1988 Italian GP, took a category victory on the 2013 Silk Road. This 12 months we needed to do with out worldwide drivers on the beginning line and solely Russian contributors took to the stage.