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Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin has been fired by Haas

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Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin has been fired by Haas with immediate effect.

azepin’s contract was canceled by the American-owned team following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

His father, oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, is a co-owner of Haas’ title sponsor Uralkali and an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Haas confirmed that his partnership with Uralkali has also ended.

A statement read: “Haas F1 Team has decided to terminate Uralkali’s title partnership and Nikita Mazepin’s driver contract with immediate effect.

“Like the rest of the Formula 1 community, the team is shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and wishes for a speedy and peaceful end to the conflict.”

The FIA ​​​​has allowed Russian drivers to continue racing, albeit under a neutral flag.

But the sport’s governing body said on Friday that all drivers must agree to its principles of peace and neutrality and “acknowledge the FIA’s strong commitment to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine and all those suffering as a result of the.” ongoing conflict”.

Formula 1 also ended its deal with the Russian Grand Prix on Thursday, while Motorsport UK announced that Russian-licensed drivers will be barred from competing in the UK.

Haas said Mazepin’s replacement will be named next week. The team’s reserve driver, Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, was fitted to the seat.

The final three-day pre-season test begins Thursday in Bahrain ahead of the opening round in the Gulf Kingdom on March 20.

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