Nikita Mazepin is said to have been dropped from Formula One team Haas, despite the Russian driver being allowed to compete under a neutral license next season
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Nikita Mazepin was reportedly dropped by Team Haas before the new one formula 1 Season.
While FIA Mazepin had given the green light to compete under a neutral license, it was confirmed on Wednesday that all Russian license holders would be forbidden from competing in the UK, which excludes him from the celebrated British Grand Prix.
With the 2022 season just weeks away, kicking off in Bahrain on March 18, it means Mazepin has dashed his hopes of resuming his career.
Haas’ decision to ditch the young talent also paves the way for them to sever ties with the team’s main sponsor, Uralkali, particularly from Russia.
His father, oligarch Dmitry, is a co-owner of Uralkali and the Russian fertilizer company’s branding was stripped for Mazepin’s final day of testing in Barcelona last week.
Reserve driver Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will take his place for the upcoming season.
The Brazilian is hoping to build on the two races he had for Haas towards the end of the 2020 season and could be back behind the wheel as soon as next week when the final pre-season test takes place at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain.
Forumla 1’s stance on the invasion of Russia mirrors that of other sports.
Her contract with the was confirmed on Thursday Russian Grand Prix been cancelled, meaning the country won’t have a spot on the schedule for the foreseeable future.
Ecclestone, who ran F1 for four decades, this week backed the FIA’s stance on Russian drivers, saying: “It was absolutely the right decision by the FIA.
“There are so many things that the world has agreed on about this conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But I don’t think anyone really thought about it or thought about it.
“If there is a Russian driver in F1, what does that have to do with Russia being at war? There is no relationship there. The Russian athletes have nothing to do with this conflict.
“They don’t belong, and they’ve never been there. They just happen to be Russians.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/f1-nikita-mazepin-haas-dropped-26382087 Nikita Mazepin was dropped by Haas after the Russian was ruled out of the British GP