Russian driver Nikita Mazepin has been dropped from the Haas F1 team

Contracts of both Mazepin and Haas’s title partner Uralkali to be terminated with ‘immediate effect’

Haas F1 has actually ended the contract of its Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a declaration launched earlier today, the US-based attire – which entered Formula One in 2016 and was founded by NASCAR group owner Gene Haas – stated: “Haas F1 Group has chosen to end, with instant effect, the title collaboration of Uralkali, as well as the driver agreement of Nikita Mazepin.

” Similar to the rest of the Solution One neighborhood, the group is surprised and saddened by the intrusion of Ukraine and yearn for a swift as well as peaceful end to the dispute.”

Haas had actually currently gotten rid of the Uralkali branding from its VF-22 F1 vehicle ahead of the final day of F1 testing in Barcelona on 25 February, deciding to run a plain white livery instead.

Responding on Twitter, Mazepin said: “I am really dissatisfied to hear that my F1 contract has been terminated. While I recognize the problems, the judgment from FIA plus my continuous readiness to accept the conditions proposed in order to proceed were entirely ignored as well as no process was followed in this unilateral action.

” I have treasured my time in F1 and also really wish we can all be with each other once more in better times.”

The choice by Haas to go down Mazepin from its driver line-up comes in the wake of the FIA’s decision that vehicle drivers from Russia and also Belarus would certainly have to contend in a “neutral capability under the ‘FIA flag'”. Motorsport UK swiftly followed this up with its very own ban on Russian as well as Belarusian drivers completing in the UK.

F1 after that permanently terminated the Russian Grand Prix. A race had been kept in Sochi every year since 2014 and was set up to move to St Petersburg in 2023, however following the “present circumstances”, F1 claimed it was “impossible” to hold an occasion there.