Haas has terminated the contract with driver Nikita Mazepin effective immediately, after cutting ties with Russian sponsor Uralkali amid the invasion of Ukraine.
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Nikita Mazepin has issued a harsh response to his immediate debut by his Haas F1 team.
Russian driver Mazepin, 23, made his team debut last year but endured a tough campaign, failing to win any points in the first 21 races before missing out on the season finale in Abu When having a positive result for Covid-19.
This time, however, he became Mick Schumacher’s partner again around the time, on February 24, his country launched their invasion of Ukraine.
The result is, FIA has canceled the Russian Grand Prix in 2022then tore up their long-term contract with the event, and ruled that drivers from the country – and Belarus – could only compete as neutrals.
Haas quickly cut ties with their main sponsor Uralkali, a company that Mazepin’s father partly owns, and removed the color red from their cars.
However, the future of Mazepin was then more closely scrutinized when Uk Motorsport confirmed he would be banned from the Grand Prix at Silverstone in Julyand on Saturday, Haas revealed that he has now been released.
It seems not before speaking to the former Formula 2 man, with Mazepin now claiming he knew the news via a press release and has not even spoken to the team boss, Guenther Steiner.
“I learned about the shooting at the same time as the press. I am a 23-year-old young man, and I am not ready for it,” he said in Sun.
“I didn’t get any hint or any support to say ‘you know, this is the decision we’ve made, it’s going to go live in 15 minutes, just be ready. ready for it.”
“I’ve been getting a lot of messages from people, and I’m just learning at the same time as everyone.”
Mazepin was at Barcelona last week for three days of pre-season testing with his team, but insists Steiner made no hint about his future.
“Guenther gave me no information about the decision the team will make, other than that he gave my manager until March 4.
“And then the press release came in, I read it and knew my contract was terminated. But I didn’t speak to him privately.
“I have not spoken to Guenther since I left Barcelona on the third day of the test.”
Mazepin has since brought to Twitter to announce that he is preparing a new platform, ‘We Compete As One’, to help athletes blocked from competing for political reasons.