Nikita Mazepin has hit back at Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that Formula 1 has become a “billionaire boys’ club”.

Seven-time World Champion Hamilton’s rise through grassroots motorsport has been well documented, with father Anthony having to work several jobs in order to fund his son’s early career.

Hamilton added that he feels drivers from a working-class background like himself can no longer afford to enter into a motorsport career – saying that he doesn’t think he would be able to make it to Formula 1 if he started his career all over again today. 

With Mazepin being one of several drivers having support from wealthy backgrounds – from his father Dmitry in this case – his path to Formula 1 has arguably been made smoother due to the financial backing he can bring to a team.

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