F1 driver Nikita Mazepin overturns EU ban imposed after Russian invasion

The EU had added the 25-year-old Russian to its sanctions list due to his association with his father, Dmitry, an influential businessman who it said was the main sponsor of his son’s activities as a racing driver. But in Wednesday’s ruling, the general court said Mazepin had stopped being a driver for Haas, meaning the EU was wrong to keep the driver on its sanctions list after he was sacked by the team in March 2022. “I am hugely encouraged by today’s ruling and grateful to the European Court for a fair trial of my case,” Mazepin said in a statement.

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