After the scandal, Nikita Mazepin’s Instagram story made it pretty clear that the Haas F1 Team needed to find a new employee to replace the Russian driver for the 2021 season, but something went wrong, the team paused and kept quiet about Nikita Mazepin’s future. Time flies, and Formula 1 fans are still demanding clarity and voting for #Mazepinout on all sorts of social media. Obviously, this storm cannot be stopped quickly. What is the difficult situation in the Haas F1 Team and what does it have to do with Nico Hulkenberg?
The embarrassing situation for the Haas F1 team
By all the rules of a successful business, this story should be over very quickly, as it seemed at the start of the scandal. But
, today, the power of social media is one of the most important keys to business. Formula One’s income depends directly on F1 fans. Moreover, racing fans are much more than business people. That’s really important, even if the deal has already been signed. The result is that people who would like to see Formula 1 in 2021 don’t want to see it.
Although the Haas F1 Team is in no hurry to name its official line-up for 2021, this is understandable as Nikita Mazepin’s good earnings represent a new legal obligation for team bosses, a story that resembles a conflict of interest: material with morality. On one side of the scale is a lucrative deal with prospective driver Nikita Mazepin, while the authority of the Haas F1 Team is on the other.
Meanwhile, calls continue for the Haas F1 team to sack Nikita Mazepin, with a petition gathering more than 43,000 signatures, with comments about unfairness towards Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg, who will not have a seat in Formula 1 in 2021. It is in this situation that the comments about unfairness towards Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg come, and they will not be in Formula 1 in 2021.
The Haas F1 team, particularly those at the top are becoming increasingly worried about the reputation of the Haas brand and relationship between several sponsors due to negative media from Mazepin video.
The Haas F1 Team’s free choice
According to Tim’s opinion on GPblog.com, signing a new driver is all about money. So a return of Kevin Magnussen or Romain Grosjean does not seem logical as neither have enough sponsorship, nor does Nico Hulkenberg have enough money to sign with the Haas F1 Team. Despite being rejected by Red Bull Racing, which accepted Checo Perez as Max Verstappen’s team-mate. Pietro Fittipaldi and Daniil Kvyat are options for Haas. Kvyat could perhaps make a fresh start at Haas. Daniil has been supported from Russia for years and would be a good teammate of the inexperienced Mick Schumacher. Pietro Fittipaldi has support from Brazil, but he does not have enough Formula 1 experience. The last two races have not been so impressive.
What does this have to do with Nico Hulkenberg?
Nico Hulkenberg may not have an impressive income to represent the Haas F1 team, but he still has advantages, no matter what rumors are making the rounds. As long as the team does not have a clear position on Nikita Mazepin, people will hesitate about Haas having a position at all. F1 fans love Nico for his charisma and racing talent. For the Haas F1 Team, Hulkenberg’s commitment to attracting fans “attention means there is room for the future prospects of new sponsors.
Nico Hulkenberg remains where he need to be. Maybe a year off is normal in the current situation, but to do his best the German needs to return as soon as possible. He will be a good team-mate for Mick Schumacher, but at the same time the antidote to the embarrassing situation of the Haas F1 team.
At the moment it is very important for Nico Hulkenberg not to make any stops in his career. Finally, the team can offer what is necessary for talented people who are born to drive.