On Saturday morning, Haas introduced it had terminated its title sponsorship with Russian chemical big Uralkali and Mazepin – whose father owns Uralkali – additionally shedding his drive for the 2022 season.
This got here as a response to Russia’s broadly condemned invasion of Ukraine final week, with international locations worldwide imposing sanctions on Russia.
Motorsport authorities throughout the globe have made their very own responses to the Ukraine conflict, with world governing physique the FIA banning Russian and Belarusian rivals from racing beneath their native flags.
Motorsport UK has outright banned rivals with licences from each international locations from competing in its collection.
Given the Mazepin household’s ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, Nikita Mazepin’s future in F1 was unsure.
In a press release responding to Haas’ announcement issued on his social media, Mazepin mentioned: “Pricey followers and followers, I’m very disillusioned to listen to that my F1 contract has been terminated.
“Whereas I perceive the difficulties, the ruling from FIA plus my ongoing willingness to simply accept the situations proposed in an effort to proceed have been utterly ignored and no course of was adopted in unilateral step.
“To those that have tried to grasp, my everlasting thanks.
“I’ve treasured my time in F1 and genuinely hope we are able to all be collectively once more in higher occasions.
“I’ll have extra to say within the coming days.”
Haas is but to make any follow-up bulletins on its latest information with reference to who will come onboard as title sponsor and who will change Mazepin.
In an interview throughout Barcelona pre-season testing final month, Haas workforce boss Gunther Steiner mentioned take a look at driver Pietro Fittipaldi can be first in line ought to Mazepin lose his seat.
Fittipaldi contested two races for Haas in 2020 as substitute for the injured Romain Grosjean following his horror Bahrain accident.
For the ultimate day of the Barcelona pre-season take a look at in February, Haas eliminated all Uralkali branding – which featured the Russian flag colors – from its vehicles in response to the Ukraine invasion.
It’s unclear at this stage what Haas’ plans will probably be for subsequent week’s Bahrain F1 pre-season take a look at within the wake of the Mazepin/Uralkali cut up.