Who is Russian racing driver Nikita Mazepin’s dad? Mazepin has been chosen to represent Haas in the 2021 Formula One World Championship, but many fans of motor racing are also interested to know more about his businessman father, Dmitry Mazepin.
Who is Nikita Mazepin’s dad?
Dmitry Mazepin is a Belarus-born Russian businessman and the owner of mineral fertiliser company Uralchem. Dmitry Mazepin acquired almost 20% of the company from billionaire Suleiman Kerimov in 2013.
A Minsk native, Dmitry Mazepin attended military school before serving as an interpreter for Russia during his country’s war in Afghanistan. He also graduated from the Moscow State Institute Of International Relations.
Forbes placed the 52-year-old on the list of Russia’s 100 wealthiest businessmen in 2010, estimating his fortune at US$950 million. That fortune reportedly grew to $1.3 billion in 2015.
Dmitry Mazepin’s sporting interests
Nikita’s dad, Dmitry Mazepin is on the board of the All-Russian Swimming Federation, but more notably has strong interests in the world of motor racing.
He had reportedly been in talks to take over the Force India team before it fell into administration two years ago. The company was eventually sold to Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.
More recently, Dmitry Mazepin has been linked with a deal to buy another Formula One racing team, Haas.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner ruled out a sale. However, he has since hired 21-year-old Nikita to represent the team next year.
Nikita Mazepin to join Haas in 2021
The young driver has already been sniped at by critics after his inclusion in Haas alongside Mick Schumacher, son of legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher. Some critics even suggested Nikita Mazepin’s dad may have had something to do with the decision.
However, Nikita is a well-known racer. As a Force India test driver between 2016 and 2018, he finished 18th in his rookie Formula Two season. However, he has learned quickly and claimed two race victories this year.
Nikita’s most notorious incident in his brief racing career, however, took place off the track.
In 2016 he punched fellow driver Callum Illot in the face, leaving Illot with a black eye and swollen jaw. The incident saw Nikita Mazepin banned for one race.