Nikita Mazepin could stay out of Formula One

The FIA ​​can rule out Nikita Mazepin subordinate Formula 1 Because of the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. your boss , Mohammed bin SalimIt was announced Monday afternoon that he had called an “extraordinary meeting of World Motorsport Council to discuss issues related to the current crisis in Ukraine.” The announcement came after the International Olympic Committee called on Russian athletes to ban them from participating in competitions and days later. Ukrainian Automobile Federation Request to ban the licenses of Russian pilots. All this leaves the Haas pilot in a very complicated situation, his father, billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, a chemical and fertilizer business, who is a friend of Vladimir Putin.

It is noteworthy that the father of the pilot has been responsible for providing basic care to the Haas team since the arrival of his son to the team last year. refer to UralkaliA fertilizer company that was able to paint the American team’s car with the Russian flag inside F1 From 2021. However, the group announced at recent F1 tests in Barcelona, ​​on the same day the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, that it would remove Uralkali’s image from its team and leave the car without the Russian flag.

Dmitriy, father of Nikita, He is the CEO and shareholder of the above company, but its chairman is Sergey Chemezov, his name is on Joe Biden’s sanctions listPresident of the United States to prevent deals between Russian and American companies.

In his only words these days, which are broadcast on social networks, Mazepin He claimed that he was experiencing a difficult moment, but at no time did he show solidarity with the Ukrainian people or refer to the attack on his country. “To my fans and supporters: This is a difficult time and I have no control over much of what is said and done. I have chosen to focus on what I can control by working hard and doing what is best for the Haas team. My deepest thanks for your understanding and support,” commented.

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Who will replace him?

“If, for one reason or another, Nikita can’t drive, the first call will be Pietro (Fittipaldi). He’s obviously been with us for a few years. And then we’ll see what we do next.”observed a few days ago Gunther Steiner, The Haas team boss, although it was not made clear whether the Brazilian’s option would be just for the emergency moment or for the entire training session. Apart from Pietro, it seems Antonio Giovinazzi.

The Italian driver left Formula 1 at the end of last season due to Guanyu Zhou’s promotion to Alfa Romeo and the arrival of Valtteri Bottas. He decided to head to Formula E, but could push Ferrari for Antonio (a member of the Italian team’s academy) to retain that seat. This way, two Ferrari academy drivers can drive to Haas at the same time, because Mick Schumacher is doing it at the moment.

other pilots

Other Russian drivers who could be affected by this disqualification are the young talent from the Ferrari academy and current Formula 2 driver, Robert Schwartzman (second in 2021 in Formula 2), or Daniil Kvyat, who last year was a reserve driver for Alpine and that he joined the G-Team Drive Racing at the 2022 World Endurance Championship for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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