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Russian Driver, Nikita Mazepin Gets The Nod To Race

Written By Uche Dozie

After uncertainties shrouded the participation of Haas Driver, Nikita Mazepin in this season’s F1 competition as a result of the announcement of his country’s (Russia) invasion of Ukraine, the Russian has finally been permitted to participate in the tournament.

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In the statement, the FIA confirmed: “Russian/Belarusian drivers, individual competitors and officials to participate in international/zone competitions only in their neutral capacity and under the ‘FIA flag’, subject to specific commitment and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality.”

Haas had removed the branding of their Russian sponsor Uralkali from their car for the final pre-season testing at Barcelona after the news of the invasion. It went on a plain car withdrawing Mazepin from any press conference due to the situation.


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The 22-year-old Mazepin posted a message on social media following the announcement, that read: “To my fans and followers – it’s a difficult time and I am not in control over a lot of what is being said and done.

“I’m choosing to focus on what I CAN control by working hard and doing my best for my HAAS. My deepest thanks for your understanding and support.”

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FIA had disclosed varying sanctions on Russia, which includes a ban on Russia and Belarus from hosting international or zone based competitions until further notice, cancellation if the Russian Grand Prix.

FIA also says Russian and Belarusian flags plus national anthems also won’t be permitted for use in international or zone based competitions indefinitely.

In terms of impact on drivers like Mazepin, Alexander Smolyar and Daniil Kvyat in F1, F3 and World Endurance respectively, they are permitted to compete but strictly as a neutral ‘under the “FIA flag”, whilst also subject to certain rules.

Besides, Russian and Belarusian drivers must also adhere to FIA’s various principles of peace and political neutrality until the instruction is lifted in due course

All representatives of Russian and Belarusian FIA Members have also been ordered ‘to step aside temporarily from their roles and responsibilities’ once approved by World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism (WCAMT).

Banning of FIA grants plus payments of existing FIA grant funding to members from Russia and Belarus will also be put in place, provided that the FIA’s decisions are swiftly approved by the WCAMT.

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