Dmitry Mazepin drew "Formula" for his son

The son of billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, Nikita Mazepin, will compete in Formula 1 (F1) for the American Haas team in the 2021 season.
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The Russian pilot's teammate will be German racer Mick Schumacher, the son of the famous Michael Schumacher. Company magazine examined the role of money in auto racing.

In terms of costs and revenues, Formula 1 is considered the most expensive sport. None of the stables (the so-called F1 teams are called by analogy with the races popular in the homeland of racing - in the UK, where the first boxes for cars were old stables) does not disclose the exact cost of their racing cars. But it is known that the sum of the car and its operation in one season exceeds $ 55 million. This is more than 2.5 times more than the cost of manufacturing the MiG-29 fighter.

Without powerful sponsors in the top class of world races will not appear. Therefore, it is understandable why all Russian pilots are the sons of famous parents. Nikita Mazepin will become the fourth Russian Formula 1 driver after Vitaly Petrov, Daniil Kvyat and Sergei Sirotkin.

Vitaly Petrov is the son of Alexander Petrov, who was a co-owner of Vyborg Shipyard OJSC, Vyborg Fuel Company CJSC and other large enterprises with a total turnover of over 1 billion rubles. in year. Alexander was killed on October 24, 2020 at his home near Vyborg.

Daniil Kvyat, the only Russian currently participating in the "royal races", is the son of businessman and ex-deputy Vyacheslav Kvyat.

The son of Sergei Sirotkin was financially supported by the former director of the National Institute of Aviation Technologies, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Sirotkin. The institute was one of the sponsors of the racer.

Nikita Mazepin's father is the main owner and chairman of the board of directors of the United Chemical Company Uralchem, a billionaire. Dmitry Mazepin in 2015 was included in the Forbes rating of the richest businessmen of the Russian Federation with an income of $ 1.3 billion.

In November, Russia Today reported that Dmitry Mazepin was going to buy the Haas team to include his son. This is Mazepin's third attempt to become the owner of the Formula 1 team. Earlier it was reported that the businessman was negotiating the purchase of Force India and Williams.

Natalya Fabrichnova, a commentator for Formula 1 races for Match TV, told The Company that “for F1 it's a common situation when the parents of the pilots have shares in the team”. For example, the father of McLaren driver Lando Norris - Adam Norris (with a fortune of 250 million pounds sterling in 2019 ranked 501 in the list of the richest people in the UK) owns a share in his son's team.

“There is sponsorship behind any pilot. There are many such examples. This is a very expensive sport. This is not football, where a person took the ball - and that's enough to grow further. There are no Cinderella stories in Formula 1. ”

- Natalia Fabrichnova

Theoretically, a very talented athlete may have a chance to get into the system of large teams that lead young people. But in order to get there, young pilots must be heard all the time, winning competitions in their class, and perform brightly. In addition, although some teams have youth programs, the system does not always work. This situation has developed, for example, at Renault.

Nikita Mazepin was invited to the top racing class after his good performance for the Hitech GP in Formula 2 (junior series) - two rounds before the finish of the series, he is in third place overall. “Last year, Nikita's equipment was limp and he was unlucky. But he was able to change the situation and this year he rose to a high level of results, proved that he is a good racer and the author of some of the strongest overtaking, ”says Natalia Fabrichnova.

The American Haas Racing Team was formed in April 2014 by Gene Haas.

The headquarters is located in Banbury (UK). It was purchased in 2014 from the Marussia F1 Team, which had ceased to exist due to the lack of funding for the Russian-British stable.

The stable works with Ferrari using its engines and transmissions.

Debut in F1: Australia 2016.


Constructors' Cup (team competition in the championship): 5th place in 2018.

Best individual championship result: 9th place, Kevin Magnussen, 2018

Race for the billion

In 2020, 11 Royal Race teams shared $ 1 billion. Ferrari will receive the most. The payment of the prize fund alone will amount to $ 237 million (27% - 2nd place in the championship, 35% - historical value, 17% - for participation in the championship and 22% - other bonuses).

In the Business Book GP rating, the highest paid F1 driver was the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton with 47 million euros. The second position is occupied by Sebastian Vettel (35 million), and the top three were closed by Daniel Riccardo (20 million). The fee of the Russian racer Daniil Kvyat is 750 thousand euros. But these are approximate figures. The exact data were not disclosed by the teams.