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The Haas Formula 1 team has confirmed Nikita Mazepin will make his debut in the championship next year despite widespread criticism of his behaviour in a video posted to his social media account.

The video appeared eight days after Haas announced the 21-year-old as one of their two drivers for the 2021 F1 season. The footage, shot from Mazepin’s point of view, showed him grabbing the breast of a female passenger he was sharing a car with.

Haas swiftly and strongly condemned Mazepin’s behaviour in the video, and its appearance on social media, following its publication 15 days ago. The woman seen in the video, Andrea D’lval, subsequently took responsibility for the its publication. Nonetheless Mazepin also apologised for his behaviour.

Mazepin will make his F1 debut alongside fellow rookie Mick Schumacher at Haas next year.

This article will be updated.

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