Mazepin’s future at Haas is now uncertain. The driver’s oligarch father Dmitry is a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His Uralkali firm gives title sponsorship to Haas, but with the American team removing all branding and running in a plain white livery on the last day of testing last week, it remains unclear how the relationship will proceed from here.
Other prominent Russian drivers include former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, who has signed to drive for countryman Roman Rusinov’s LMP2 G-Drive squad in WEC this year.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner told Motor Sport that the team were just “focusing on the test” when asked about Mazepin’s future, also saying the outfit had removed the red, white and blue Russian sponsorship “out of respect”.
The FAU also proposes:
- To ban the use of state symbols of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus during FIA-organised and FIA-sanctioned competitions
- To prohibit the holding of FIA-organised and FIA-sanctioned competitions in the territories of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus
- To prohibit the holding of RAF (Russian Automobile Federation)-organised and RAF-sanctioned competitions in the occupied territories of Ukraine
- To expel all the members of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus from the FIA
- To expel all the members representing the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus from FIA commissions