Shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it seemed that the first tangible decisions about Haas’ further cooperation with the driver’s 23-year-old father, Dmitriy Mazepin, should be a matter of time. However, things started to take a little longer, which angered many fans around the world.
Previous speculation on Mazepin
The American team, which is looking for an urgent investor, began to cooperate with Uralkali before the 2021 season, and in the end the capital of Mazepin was laid, which was a big surprise for some. All due to the fact that he was not the best among the Russians who started in Formula 2 in 2020.
On Saturday, there was a message that was the result of conversations between the Kannapolis team and the Mazepin family. Team boss Guenter Steiner initially insisted that the official position on the 23-year-old’s future would come after Barcelona’s upcoming rounds. Until then, it was almost clear that the contract would be terminated.
The Russian driver himself reportedly “was ready to accept the FIA’s rules, that is, to sign a declaration that he would not support (directly and indirectly) Russian and/or Belarusian actions in Ukraine” – Aldona Marciniak of Przegląd Sportowy wrote on Twitter.
Haas is braver than the FIA
There is a belief in the Formula 1 community that Haas made a bolder decision than the FIA, which has not yet stopped the Russian or Belarusian drivers. They may act as neutral players.
On the other hand, British motorsport authorities have expressed their objection to the performance of drivers for both licenses. Its representatives say that competitors from Russia and Belarus will not be able to compete in this field. This means that Nikita Mazepin will not be able to compete in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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