“Completely ignored”- Nikita Mazepin feels that Haas completely ignored him as the team terminated his contract

Samriddhi Jaiswal
|Published March 05, 2022

Nikita Mazepin feels completely ignored by Haas as the team terminated his contract in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Uralkali and Nikita Mazepin are no longer associated with Haas as the team decided to terminate their contracts. The team announced the split with immediate effect while stating their ‘shock and sadness’ at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The talks about whether Russian and Belarusian drivers will be allowed to participate had been going on for a long time. Earlier this week, the FIA allowed them to participate given that they do so under a neutral flag.

The FIA also wanted them to sign a document acknowledging that the FIA strongly condemn the actions of Russia.

However, Motorsport UK banned the Russian and Belarusian competitors from participating in events in the UK. The British Motorsport Council urged other countries to do the same as well.

Given the situation, Haas had to decide whether or not they will let Mazepin compete this year. And if removed, who will replace him.

Also Read: Haas is rumoured to have decided that it will replace Nikita Mazepin with Pietro Fittipaldi for 2022 season

Nikita Mazepin feels completely ignored

After Haas’ announcement, Mazepin released a public statement saying that he was ready to agree with the conditions put up by the FIA. But, it has been completely ignored.

He expressed disappointment over the termination of his contract. He said, “While I understand the difficulties, the ruling from the FIA plus my ongoing willingness to accept the conditions proposed in order to continue were completely ignored. No process was followed in this unilateral step.”

He thanked those who tried to understand him and hopes that he will be back in the sport at a better time.

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Mazepin’s statement came within just an hour of Haas announcing they were cutting all ties with title sponsor Uralkali and Nikita Mazepin himself.

Also Read: Why is Haas choosing the Brazilian driver as a replacement for Nikita Mazepin?

No official announcement about a replacement

Even after the Haas team has announced the termination of Mazepin, they have made no official statement about who will replace him.

However, it seems that development and reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will take the seat for the 2022 season.

Also Read: Haas denies reports of removing Nikita Mazepin as their F1 driver

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Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal is an F1 editor and writer at The SportsRush. She started her career as a business journalist but soon found her calling in lights out here we go! Samriddhi has been a Ferrari fan even when her interaction with F1 was occasional. Her first real experience with the thrilling sport came when Charles Leclerc clinched his iconic victory in Spa and Monza and painted the track red. Now, a Tifosi, Samriddhi is a hardcore fan of the prancing horse and can relate to the chaos within the Italian camp and also admires Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Off the track, she finds her home in books and musical instruments.

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