Haas TERMINATE contract of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin over conflict in Ukraine as F1 team also end their sponsorship with oligarch father’s company Uralkali with immediate effect
- Haas has terminated its driver’s contract with Russian Nikita Mazepin
- The decision comes in the wake of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine
- It means no Russian drivers will be competing in Formula One this season
Haas has terminated the contract of Russian Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin and their sponsorship with Uralkali.
The team announced its split with Mazepin in the wake of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
‘Haas F1 Team has elected to terminate, with immediate effect, the title partnership of Uralkali, and the driver contract of Nikita Mazepin,’ the team said in a statement.
‘As with the rest of the Formula One community, the team is shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and wishes for a swift and peaceful end to the conflict.’
The decision means no Russian drivers are signed up to race in F1 ahead of the new season.
The FIA had given Mazepin the go ahead to continue racing under a neutral flag for the season but he had continued to face scrutiny over his homeland’s attack on Ukraine.
Motorsport UK, chaired by David Richards, decided to expel all Russians from competition – effectively banning Mazepin from competing at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this year.
Mazepin’s father, oligarch Dmitry, is a part-owner of Haas’ title sponsor, Uralkali.
Haas removed branding of the Russian chemical company for the final day of testing in Barcelona last week.
More to follow.