Nikita Mazepin’s father threatened to withdraw funding from F1 team Haas. The 22-year-old’s father is the chairman of the potash fertilizer manufacturer and exporter Uralkali
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Last season, the 22-year-old said he drove a heavier car than his team-mate and cited this as the reason he was outclassed by the German last season.
Team boss Günther Steiner confirmed that there is a slight difference in weight between the two cars, albeit a very minor one.
But in a preview of the new series of Netflix “Drive to Survive” escalated tensions between Haas and Mazepin’s camp, with the latter believing the US team’s treatment was unfair.
“It’s the same car,” Steiner told Mazepin. “As much as you believe, it’s not the same car.”
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Unconvinced, the young Russian’s father, Dmitry, who owns the Uralkali company, intervened and promised to put pressure on Haas, who has since removed his company’s name from their car, amid the Russian invasion Ukraineby giving them an ultimatum.
“If it doesn’t change, I will send an official letter that we will stop funding and racing,” he told Jesper Carlsen.
“There’s going to be a huge problem with the money and they’re going to decide what to do because we don’t keep that ‘let’s do, let’s do, let’s try, let’s try’ thing.”
“We’ve already tried [for] three races and if we remove the Uralkali we stop running. Change cars. Everyone knows someone has an advantage.”
Carlsen duly informed Steiner of Mazepin’s threat, which he acknowledged and believes he was justified by his belief that “there is a difference between the cars”.
Steiner replies to the Russian’s warning: “I don’t want to go to the interview there.”
It’s been a turbulent week for Mazepin, whose position as a member of the Haas F1 Team was in jeopardy Russia ‘s invasion of Ukraine.
He found out yesterday that he will not be able to take part in this year’s British Grand Prix.
The FIA announced yesterday that the Russian citizen would indeed be allowed to take part in the upcoming campaign and race under the governing body’s flag instead of that of Russia.
Despite the FIA’s decision, British Grand Prix bosses have opted to take the opposite stance, banning Mazepin from competing at Silverstone in July.
In a statement, Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards CBE said: “The entire Motorsport UK community condemns the acts of war by Russia and Belarus in Ukraine and expresses their solidarity and support for all affected by the ongoing conflict.
“We stand united with the people of Ukraine and the motorsport community following the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have unfolded.
“This is a time for the international motorsport community to act and show their support for the people of Ukraine and our colleagues at the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine (FAU).”
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