Russian Nikita Mazepin continued testing with the Haas team in Barcelona on Friday, the day after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, where he set off in a white race car, without the sponsorship of Russian sponsor Uralkali and the colors of the Russian flag. The American team announced on Thursday night that it will perform in a white painting of a race car on Friday, without the marks of the said sponsor, and all logos have also been removed from the team trucks. The team declined to comment on whether it was just a temporary removal of a sponsor owned by Mazepin's father, Dmitry Mazepin, or whether they would terminate the deal altogether. This will be announced in the coming days, but in the event that Haas refuses to welcome Uralkali, it may also mean that Mazepa will have to leave the place in the race car to someone else, which does not preclude n
The Haas team will compete in a completely white race car on the last day of testing in Barcelona, as the Russian tricolor and the logos of the Russian sponsor Uralkali are being removed from it due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Uralkali, a fertilizer factory, is owned by Dmitri Mazepin, the father of Nikita Mazepin, who is one of the team's racers. Mazepin’s financial support dictated a white-blue-red painting of the race car that strongly resembles the Russian tricolor. Nikita Mazepin will perform his driving duties as planned, in the morning, and Mick Schumacher will take over the car in the afternoon. In a press statement, however, they wrote that they would not comment on the agreements with the partners for now, which leaves open the question of whether the Russian sponsor will be released only for testing, or whether the cooperation will take place.
U.S. team Haas has unveiled two new sponsors and a color scheme for this season that is heavily influenced by the name sponsor, Russia’s Uralkali, owned by Dmitry Mazepin, Nikita Mazepin’s father, who will race for the team next to Mick Schumacher this year. The VF-21 will be dressed in the Russian tricolor, which is visible on the front wing, cab sides and bonnet, and after the presentation there was a lot of speculation as to whether the painting may be controversial due to the WADA order to Russian athletes, including racers. in Formula 1 and other championships under the auspices of the FIA, due to the abuse of stimulants at the Olympic Games, prohibits competing under the Russian flag, symbols or other coats of arms or signs. The American team Haas surprised with the painting of the car in the spirit of the Russian tricolor
Nikita Mazepin, this year's rookie, will not be allowed to race under the Russian flag for the next two seasons, and if he wins, he will not be allowed to play the Russian anthem on the winners' stage, as the International Court of Justice (CAS) has punished Russia for doping at the Winter Olympics. Sochi 2014, and the penalty also extends to motorsport under the auspices of the FIA. The CAS decision affects all Russian racers, both in the WRC, WEC, WRX, Formula E championships, who will be able to race, but will be officially named "neutral athlete from Russia", and have the option to use the acronym RAF (Russian Automobile Federation) . They will still be able to use the colors of the Russian tricolor, but they will not be allowed to play the Russian anthem at events under the auspices of the FIA, that is, in case of victory, as well as before the race for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.