Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s F1 contract terminated by Haas team

Mazepin’s contract has been terminated by the American-owned team following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His father, the oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, is a part-owner of Haas’s title sponsor, Uralkali, and an associate of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president. A statement read: “Haas F1 Team has elected to terminate, with immediate effect, the title partnership of Uralkali, and the driver contract of Nikita Mazepin. The FIA has allowed Russian drivers to continue racing, albeit under a neutral flag. Formula One also ended its contract with the Russian Grand Prix on Thursday, while Motorsport UK announced Russia-licensed drivers will be banned from competing in the United Kingdom.

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