After Russia invaded Ukraine in the last week of February 2022 haas terminated the contract with its Russian stakeholders – the sponsor ural alkali and the driver Nikita Mazepin. Uralkali was brought in by Mazepin due to a large stake in his father Dmitry Mazepin. It was this sponsorship that got Nikita a place in Formula 1 as well.
Haas’ decision was applauded by fans worldwide. They removed the Uralkali branding from the cars as they headed to the track in Bahrain for pre-season testing. However, the team has yet to find a sponsor.
Well acc Reuters, Italian authorities have seized the nearly €105 million fortune of Nikita Mazepin and his father Dmitry Mazepin, who is believed to be a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Authorities targeted her villa Rocking Aries, is located in the north of the island of Sardinia. This is happening as countries tighten sanctions imposed on the oligarchs.
Nikita Mazepin believes sanctions are a “breakdown culture” against athletes
In an interview, Nikita said that the sanctions imposed by international sports federations are like an abolition of culture against the athletes of Russia. He said, “I do not agree to being in the sanctions and I have previously said I intend to fight it.”
He added, “Maybe now is not the right time because if you look at the whole situation that’s happening against athletes in general, it’s an abandonment culture against my country.”
In addition to the FIA, FIFA, among many, has imposed sanctions on Russia. While Russian athletes have already competed under their federations’ flags and at neutral venues after Russia was banned due to a doping scandal, this time the sanctions have become heavier and stricter.
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