FIA says Haas Russian livery is legal

A prominent Russian politician has welcomed the controversial new Haas livery, declaring that “common sense triumphs over anti-Russian hysteria”. And despite the fact that the world anti-doping agency has banned the Russian flag and anthem from all international sport, there is nothing stopping a sports team from choosing its colours. Dmitry Svishchev, deputy of the Russian parliament Duma, told Sport-Express that Russian colours are not banned. Haas boss Gunther Steiner also defended the decision to race in Russian colours, insisting: “We have to sell sponsor space in order to move forward. An FIA spokesperson told Bild newspaper: “The (WADA) decision does not prohibit the use of Russian colours.”. As for Mick Schumacher, he says he doesn’t mind racing a car in Russian colours. “I only see the team colours but if these are the colours, I’m happy with them,” said the German.

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