Since his dismissal from Haas, issues have been quiet round Nikita Mazepin. The previous Russian Formulation 1 driver, who misplaced his place within the premier class shortly after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, can’t correctly compete in worldwide racing occasions.
Normally, Russian racing drivers are allowed to take part in FIA occasions in the event that they signal a corresponding doc, however as a result of shut involvement between the Mazepin household and the Russian state equipment concerning the ruler Vladimir Putin, that is most likely not an possibility for Mazepin.
Mazepin received the rally buggy
A couple of weeks in the past, nonetheless, Mazepin returned to motorsport as a rally driver. Mazepin competed within the T3 class, the place buggies are used, within the Silk Approach Rally, which was held solely in his house nation.
Lastly on Sunday in Moscow, Mazepin was capable of win his class after nearly 4463.73 kilometers and received within the subject of 14 individuals. Mazepin mentioned after crossing the end line: “It was a fantastic expertise that I wish to repeat. Ten days exterior the highway left an unforgettable impression. We traveled so much with the group in the course of the rally. It was very troublesome, it felt like a month on the highway”.
“It is essential to say that this isn’t simply my victory, it is also a victory for the entire group, who put numerous work into the automotive each night time,” continued Mazepin. Regardless of this success, the 23-year-old doesn’t need to swap to rallying for a very long time, however needs to return to circuit racing. “I’ve a greater understanding of what cross-country meets are, however I am not giving up my profession in high-level motorsport,” he mentioned.
The route of the Silk Highway Rally took the drivers over ten phases, from Astrakhan on the northern coast of the Caspian Sea on July 7, 2022, by way of the Caucasus, the place, amongst different issues, they stopped within the Chechen capital Grozny, particularly. by way of the south-west of Russia and within the second half the northern march by way of Volgograd to Moscow.
Silk Highway Rally: 2022 solely in Russia
Beforehand, the Silk Approach Rally was a part of the Rally Raid World Championship and used to undergo Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan along with Russia. In 2021, for instance, the Austrian Mathias Walkner received the brief version of the marathon when the route needed to be shortened as a result of corona epidemic and the outbreak of the bubonic plague in Mongolia.
Beforehand, Dakar heroes similar to Carlos Sainz Sr., Cyril Despres, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sam Sunderland additionally joined the record of winners of the Silk Highway Rally. By the way, Nikita Mazepin will not be the primary Formulation 1 driver to have success in a rally. Sports activities automotive icon Jean Louis Schlesser, who participated within the 1988 Italian GP, received the category victory on the “Silk Highway” in 2013. This 12 months, the primary subject needed to be made with out worldwide drivers and nearly solely Russian individuals happened on the stage.