US-based Haas in Deep Trouble Over Russian Arms Link Despite Showing Itself Pro-Ukraine With Nikita Mazepin Sacking

Sabyasachi Biswas

Haas Automation has recently been accused of violating sanctions against Russia. The American team was reportedly charged with doing business with the Russian arms industry. With the poor start to the season as a headache already, this has come as a huge blow for Guenther Steiner and co. before the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

As per media house PBS, Gene Haas‘ team is directly or indirectly responsible for delivering precision machining tools. These tools were manufactured in the team’s facility in Oxnard, California, United States.

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These activities directly interfere with the American sanctions against Russia. Documents were filed on this in the United States Treasury and Department of Commerce in late February.

Russian fertilizer company Uralkali was in partnership with Haas before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict broke out. Soon after the conflict, the American team ended their connection with the Russian company as well as prematurely cut ties with their then-driver Nikita Mazepin.

Haas could face legal action for the alleged involvement

As per the latest reports, the American team could face legal trouble over the recent allegations. Despite having heavy sanctions, the team is believed to have kept their business ties intact with the Russian enterprise RATEP. If proven, automation can be penalized heavily.

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According to Formula1news, Denys Hutyk, Economic Security Council of Ukraine said that they were surprised by the involvement in spite of the sanctions. If the American team is penalized, they will serve as a warning for others, believes the higher authority of Ukraine.

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The team denied all allegations

Peter Zierhut, the vice president of Haas denied all allegations. He said all the accusations were baseless as the team no more supplies machines, replacement parts, or anything else to any companies posts the sanctions.

Zierhut further asserted that all ties with the organization were cut in March last year. It was done a week after the conflict with Ukraine began. As of now, no statements were made from the side of the United States government or FIA on this.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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