The Haas System One crew has terminated Russian driving force Nikita Mazepin’s contract “with rapid impact” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The verdict comes at the again of F1’s determination to terminate its contract with the Russian GP. That contract have been till 2025.
Haas additionally ended its sponsorship with Russian corporate Uralkali, owned by way of Mazepin’s father.
“As with the remainder of the System 1 neighborhood, the crew is surprised and saddened by way of the invasion of Ukraine and needs for a swift and non violent finish to the battle,” Haas mentioned in a observation Saturday.
The 23-year-old Mazepin didn’t ranking some extent in his debut F1 season remaining yr along Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher.
Final week, Haas got rid of Uralkali sponsorship and ran simple white automobiles at the ultimate day of pre-season trying out in Barcelona, as an alternative of the generally purple, white and blue with a livery that resembles the Russian flag.
Pre-season trying out continues in Bahrain subsequent week earlier than the season-opening race there on March 20.