Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin has clarified recent rumors about his virgin season in F1, which will potentially be disrupted by his compulsory military service in Russia.
Last week, a report published on the Internet – based on comments from Mazepin’s father Dmitry on a recent economic forum in Skt. Petersburg – that the 22-year-old Haas driver could be required to complete his military service in his home country this year.
However, the draft is mandatory in Russia for young men, but there are two different options for completing the service, one of which involves a person following a special class conducted once a week, which is the option Mazepin has chosen.
Mazepin basically meets this requirement along with his studies at Moscow State University.
“From my side, you know the situation is very clear,” Mazepin explained.
“I’m studying at university, and the way it works in Russia, there is a compulsory military service, and there are two ways to earn, if you are fit enough.
“Option 1 graduates from university and then goes one year. And option two is, if you qualify to be fit enough in terms of your fitness results and in terms of your study results, you can move on to something called the elite army, which is served on a completely different way.
“It’s one day a week and you learn to be a reserve officer. And it takes three years, but only one day a week, and it basically happens in a class.”
Mazepin thus started his university cycle in economics during his first season of the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2019.
“This is what I have been doing for two years already,” he added. “And of course I will continue to do so for another year to hopefully be trained as a reserve officer.
“Five days ago, I passed my final exam at the university to complete my first four years, and I will continue to get another master’s degree later in the next two years.”
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