Sacked Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin has been included in the list of people who face sanctions from the European Union over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mitry Mazepin, Nikita’s father, was also part of the 64-page document and was described as “a member of Vladimir Putin’s closest circle” on the same day his son announced he would return to the sport. this.
Mazepin’s base was sacked by Haas on Saturday with the US-based team calling for peace in Ukraine in their press release, which the 23-year-old insists is how he discovered the contract its has been terminated.
The driver, who made 21 F1 starts, first spoke of his dismissal on Wednesday morning but later in the day an EU document linked him to Russia’s attack on Ukraine .
It reads: “Nikita Mazepin is the son of Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin, General Manager of UCC Uralchem Joint Stock Company. As Uralchem sponsors Haas F1 Team, Dmitry Mazepin is the main sponsor of his son’s activities. at Haas’ F1 Team.
“He is a natural person affiliated with a leading businessman (his father) engaged in economic sectors that provide a significant source of income for the Government of the Russian Federation, the organization responsible for the merger. Crimea and destabilize Ukraine.”
Dmitry Mazepin, a Russian financier, was part owner of Haas’ former title sponsor Uralkali – but that deal was also scrapped over the weekend.
The EU document asserts that the Russian company Uralkali, as the largest producer of ammonium nitrate and the second largest producer of ammonia and nitrogen fertilizers in Russia, is responsible for Ukraine’s instability.
Meanwhile, senior Mazepin is also said to have met Russian President Putin on February 24 along with 36 other businessmen.
“The fact that he was invited to this meeting shows that he is a member of Vladimir Putin’s closest circle and that he is also supporting or carrying out actions or policies that undermine or threaten the entire world. Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, as is stability and security in Ukraine,” an EU document says about Dmitry Mazepin.
“It also shows that he is one of the leading businessmen involved in economic sectors, providing a significant source of revenue for the Russian Government, which is responsible for the annexation of Crimea and destabilization of the Russian Federation. Ukraine.”
Uralkali published their own statement on Wednesday demanding “immediate return” of the money that had been transferred to Haas for the upcoming season.
Nikita Mazepin revealed on the same day Britain’s George Russell sent a message of support after he was sacked.
Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc were other F1 drivers who texted that the Russian, who did not rule out, would sue Haas.
In a scripted five-minute monologue, Mazepin announced the creation of a fund called We Compete As One, to support athletes “who are “banned from competing and collectively punished for their passports without which they are not allowed to compete.” they hold”.
On three occasions, he was asked if he felt realistic to continue in F1 given his father’s connection to Putin.
Mazepin replied: “There were two stages in the decision to allow the Russian driver to proceed.
“The first was an online vote organized by the FIA where everyone had a say and they ruled drivers from Russia and Belarus could compete if they were neutral.
“I’m ready to agree to this and consider myself neutral.
“When they added an additional letter that I had to sign, I didn’t see it because my contract was terminated.”
The Moscow-born driver finished 21st in his first F1 campaign last year and says he feels he can return to the sport.
“It’s good to keep all (legal) options open. There is no legal reason that would allow the team to terminate my contract,” Mazepin said.
“I learned about my firing at the same time it was reported. I was young and I wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t get any hint, or any support, or get any support. said that this is the decision we made.I learned at the same time as you did.
“I’ve lost the dream I’ve been aiming for for 18 years. I didn’t imagine losing control would happen so soon.
“But I don’t see Formula 1 as a closed chapter at all. I will be in race condition and I will be open to taking the opportunity if it comes.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/motor-sport/father-of-sacked-russian-formula-one-driver-nikita-mazepin-a-member-of-the-closest-circle-of-vladimir-putin-41429539.html The father of Russian Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin ‘a member of Vladimir Putin’s closest circle’