The Haas F1 Team is entering a difficult 2021 season, with two rookies and one car that is not being developed. The outlook for next year is unclear, as no one knows who will perform well under the new technical regulations and who will fall through the ice. Add to that the 23-race calendar, and you already have several reasons for the staff to look elsewhere. In an effort to keep the team members motivated, Dmitry Mazepin comes up with a plan. Nikita’s father hopes to keep the employees enthusiastic with a new reward system.
Currently, his company Uralkali is attached to the team as a title sponsor. The terms of the deal will not change, so no more money will be invested in the formation next year. He does want to reward the staff with an incentive scheme. In conversation with the Russian Match TV he said: “We have an existing contract, but for next year we are proposing, voluntarily, an additional agreement to motivate staff to stay, to be more involved. We understand that it is difficult to maintain the cars during 23 races and fly to 23 different countries. The human factor is very important here. That is why we want to increase the motivation of the staff together with the team. We want to be part of the team as a sponsor.”
Even if the 2021 season is not going too well, Mazepin senior is satisfied with the year: “Firstly, we are grateful to the team that we have recognized a shared interest in this form of cooperation. The team works hard. We see great opportunities, which we can realize through collaboration, so that we can achieve better results next year.”
Mazepin as a team owner?
Uralkali is closely linked to Nikita Mazepin’s career, but his father says that the company’s ambitions in Formula 1 are separate from the driver. He is still open to taking over an existing F1 team: “We have big ambitions in racing and we have failed to take over a Formula 1 team before,” he said, referring to the talks with Force. India, which eventually came into the hands of Lawrence Stroll: “An acquisition is still an option for us. It doesn’t depend on Nikita. We want to increase our presence in F1. We are owned by Hitech, which is active in Formula 4, Formula 3 and Formula 2. The crowning glory would be our own F1 team.”
Mazepin cannot give an answer as to when such a thing should happen: “We are not in talks at the moment. Everyone takes the time to see how 2022 develops, which team is successful and which team is not. When a small team suddenly becomes successful, their value and appeal naturally increases.”
Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1, on the grid with his father Dmitry Mazepin
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