The International Motorsports Federation (FIA) announced after an emergency meeting on Tuesday that Haas’ Russian driver Nikita Mazepin remains welcome in Formula 1 for the time being.
Mazepin is no longer allowed to fly under the Russian flag, he is currently driving under the FIA flag. This also applies to all other drivers from Russia and Belarus in other FIA categories. So there is no question of comment.
Pressure continued on the FIA to ban Mazepin as sports federations called for Russian athletes to be banned over the attack on Ukraine. Earlier, the FIA decided that the Sochi Grand Prix would not be held next season “under the current conditions”.
Mazepin made his Formula 1 debut last year and finished 21st in the World Cup.
View the statement from the FIA below.
American racing stable Haas is perched on billions from the company of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, the father of the 22-year-old driver. During the early days of testing at the Barcelona circuit, Haas cars already underwent a makeover.
Russian signatures and emblems gave way to the pristine white. But as far as the cars look now, the Formula 1 team itself isn’t far away yet. Haas says the team will decide this week what to do with the sponsorship deal with the Russian company.
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