Billionaire ex-F1 bad boy Nikita Mazepin enjoys yacht with Miss World runner-up

Ex-Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin has been enjoying a lavish holiday with a former Miss World runner-up.

The billionaire Russian bad-boy suffered a huge reality check when he was sacked by his American-owned F1 team Haas in March due to his oligarch father’s supposed ties with Vladimir Putin. He has since made his anger towards both the ban and his former team very clear.

But the 23-year-old now appears to be in better spirits after taking some time off to relax. Mazepin posted an Instagram story on Wednesday showing him on a glitzy yacht with stunning Russian model Sofia Nikitchuk.

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The pair were believed to be in Bodrum, Turkey, as a snap showed Mazepin with an emoji covering his face while getting close to the 28-year-old brunette beauty. And the same picture was then re-posted onto her own story.

Nikitchuk appeared to be loving life in the company of Mazepin as she performed a headstand in one video and proudly shook her booty in one of the yacht’s windows. The Miss Russia 2015 yoga enthusiast wore a pink bikini as she flaunted her stunning figure.

The holiday comes after Mazepin made his return to motorsport last month by coming out on top of the T3 class in the Silk Way Rally. He took part in the 10-day rally raid event in a side-by-side vehicle, but insists he is still eyeing an F1 return despite his new-found glory.

Mazepin told the TASS news agency: “Compared to the Formula 1 [cars], the only common thing is the steering wheel and four wheels. It was very hot, very challenging and it was the real test. I’m incredibly happy I managed to win.

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“It was a great experience that I would like to repeat. Ten days of off-road left an unforgettable impression. We went through a lot with the team during the rally. It was very intense – it felt like a month.

“It’s important to mention this is not only my success but also the victory of the whole team, which did a tremendous job with the car every night. I have a better understanding of what a rally marathon is, but I’m not giving up my career in top-level motorsport.”

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