February 28, 2024

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Nikita Mazepin terminated by Haas following Russian invasion

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Haas Formulation One particular group has terminated Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s agreement “with speedy effect” adhering to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mazepin tweeted he was “very disappointed” at the outcome.

The final decision will come on the again of F1’s selection to terminate its contract with the Russian GP. That contract had been right up until 2025.

Haas also ended its sponsorship with Russian company Uralkali, owned by Mazepin’s father.

“As with the rest of the Components 1 group, the staff is shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and wishes for a swift and tranquil conclude to the conflict,” Haas explained in a statement Saturday.

The 23-12 months-old Mazepin did not score a issue in his debut F1 time previous yr alongside Mick Schumacher, the son of 7-time F1 winner Michael Schumacher.

“I will have a lot more to say in the coming times,” Mazepin reported in his tweet.

Very last week, Haas eliminated Uralkali sponsorship and ran simple white autos on the closing day of pre-year testing in Barcelona, as an alternative of the generally red, white and blue with a livery that resembles the Russian flag.

Pre-year screening proceeds in Bahrain next week ahead of the time-opening race there on March 20.