There have been major changes in the geopolitical arena when Russia attacked neighboring Ukraine. The attack began on 24 February 2022 and has since drawn sanctions and rhetoric against Russia and its actions. And this has shown how perceptions of a country and its citizens change around the world.
The attack has cast doubt on the F1 driver’s career Nikita Mazepin. The 22-year-old driver only has his F1 debut in 2021 for Haas F1 team. This driver has also competed in the F2 championship before. Mazepin’s place in F1 is due to his father, Dmitry Mazepin. Dmitry is the president of Ural Chemowned company UralKali– main sponsor of the Haas F1 team. The team and F1 believe that any form of Russian association with the sport is unethical and wrong. Moreover, the pressure of the fans is immense.
Due to UralKali’s association in Russia, the team decided to remove it from the brand. The result of this was the lack of Ural Kali branding on the team’s cars and trucks. The team has also decided to reconsider the sponsorship because the team is owned by an American.
While talking about Mazepin’s career at Haas, the principal of the group said, “It needs to be addressed. There are governments involved, and I have no power over them, and we need to see how the situation develops in Ukraine,” quoted Mr. BBC by Andrew Benson.
Headmaster of Team Haas Guenther Steiner commented on funding status, speech, “We have to sort out all the legal issues, which I can’t talk about next week. We will work through it next week. ” However, it seems the boss has decided when quoted by TOI speak, “It’s not something that bothers the competitive side’s team and financially we’re fine. There are other ways to get funding, so there’s no problem with that.”
What is the future of NIkita Mazepin in F1?
In my opinion, the future of Nikita Mazepin with Haas looks very bleak. The driver has been strongly criticized for remaining apolitical on the matter as the driver’s father is a close aide to the Kremlin. His father’s close relationship with the Russian president caused a stir this week when he attended an internal meeting.
Many fans of the sport claim that Mazepin’s seat was entirely won by his father, and not even a dime of it was attributed to him. And if that’s true and the team performs well financially without Ural Kali, the driver could lose his seat to the team’s reserve driver, Pietro Fittipaldi, as team boss Guenther Steiner said.
Even as the team struggled to find a sponsor to board, they appear to have a buyer – Michael Andretti, who submitted a proposal to the FIA to bring the 11th team down the grid. Since the team has nothing to worry about financially, they will likely give up their current sponsor, UralKali, and join them, Nikita Mazepin.
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