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In a shocking turn of events, Haas Formula One team announced that it would decide on Nikita Mazepin as its next driver. The announcement came after Russia invaded Ukraine and the Uralkali branding was removed from the car.

Haas Formula One to decide on Nikita Mazepin; drops Uralkali branding from car after Russian invasion of Ukraine

BARCELONA, SPAIN – BARCELONA, SPAIN – The future of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin at the Haas Formula One team is in question after the company said that a decision on the Uralkali sponsorship contract, which supports Mazepin’s employment at the team, will be made next week.

After removing the branding and badge of Russian firm Uralkali from its vehicle after Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, Haas participated in preseason testing with a simple white car on Friday.

The Russian Grand Prix was canceled by Formula One on Friday.

On Friday, Russian forces advanced farther into Ukraine, prompting widespread criticism and penalties from Western leaders.

Dmitry Mazepin, the father of Nikita Mazepin, was one of the business leaders who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at the Kremlin in Moscow to address the country’s sanctions.

During a Friday media session, Haas team manager Guenther Steiner was questioned about Nikita Mazepin’s situation and responded, “It has to be sorted.”

“What is occurring here does not depend entirely on us. There are countries involved; I have no authority over them, and we must also monitor the situation in Ukraine.”

“To my fans and following — it’s a tough moment and I am not in control of a lot of what is being said and done,” Nikita Mazepin tweeted shortly after Steiner spoke to the media on Friday.

“By working hard and giving my best for @HaasF1Team, I’m choosing to concentrate on what I CAN control.”

“Thank you very much for your patience and support.”

On Friday, Nikita Mazepin was seen driving Haas’ simple white automobile, which was devoid of his father’s Uralkali insignia. Getty Images/Eric Alonso

According to Steiner, the team did not communicate with Michael Andretti at any time on Thursday. Andretti plans to enter Formula One with his own team in 2024, but many have speculated that he may be a suitable option for Uralkali this season if Haas needs a new championship partner.

He also said that the US government has not approached the team regarding the sponsorship.

The Mazepin and Uralkali problems will be discussed more next week. After Friday, Haas will return to the track on March 8, when the second preseason test in Bahrain starts.

“All the legal stuff has to be sorted out,” Steiner remarked. “We’ll figure it out next week.”

“I’m not going to go over it today; we decided to do this yesterday with our team partners. The remainder will have to wait till next week.”

The Uralkali agreement was crucial in keeping Haas on the grid in 2020, but Steiner said he has informed everyone at the team that their future is secure regardless of what happens with the Uralkali arrangement.

“It’s a hassle, but it’s not anything that worries the team on the competition side,” he added when asked how large of a financial burden it would entail.

“Financially, we’re in good shape. It has had no impact on the team, how we operate it, how we perform, or how we prepare the season.

“There are other options for obtaining financing. So there’s no problem there.”

Haas spent much of Thursday deliberating on a course of action and decided in the evening that the branding will be removed off the vehicle for Friday’s session, a decision that had been delayed due to the time difference between Haas Automation’s headquarters in California and the event.

According to Steiner, the team wanted to make sure it was responding correctly.

“We haven’t been preparing for this because until it occurs… clearly, we’ve been monitoring the situation; we’re not sitting around waiting for anything to happen,” he said.

“You have to wait and watch how it develops when it occurs.” I’d never done anything like this before, so I wasn’t sure how it would go.

“We’ll handle it the same way in the future.”

The “uralkali haas sponsorship amount” is the amount of money that Haas Formula One has decided to sponsor Uralkali. The amount was not disclosed, but it is believed that the amount will be around $1 million.

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