Nikita Mazepin terminated by Haas following Russian invasion

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Haas System A person staff has terminated Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s contract “with immediate effect” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mazepin tweeted he was “very disappointed” at the final result.

The choice comes on the again of F1’s conclusion to terminate its contract with the Russian GP. That agreement experienced been right up until 2025.

Haas also ended its sponsorship with Russian organization Uralkali, owned by Mazepin’s father.

“As with the relaxation of the Formula 1 local community, the crew is stunned and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and needs for a swift and peaceful close to the conflict,” Haas stated in a assertion Saturday.

The 23-12 months-aged Mazepin did not score a level in his debut F1 year final 12 months together with Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher.

“I will have extra to say in the coming times,” Mazepin stated in his tweet.

Previous week, Haas eradicated Uralkali sponsorship and ran simple white cars on the final working day of pre-year testing in Barcelona, as an alternative of the normally crimson, white and blue with a livery that resembles the Russian flag.

Pre-season screening carries on in Bahrain next week ahead of the season-opening race there on March 20.