Nikita Mazepin is in danger of losing his F1 seat with Haas.
Ukraine’s motor racing federation has called on Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, to ban all Russian and Belarusian drivers amid the ongoing war in its country.
If the request is successful it would prevent Russian driver Nikita Mazepin from racing this season for Haas in F1.
His future in Formula 1 will be the main subject of FIA’s emergency meeting today.
The Russian has already tried to distance himself from the ongoing crisis.
To my fans and followers – it's a difficult time and I am not in control over a lot of what is being said and done. I'm choosing to focus on what I CAN control by working hard and doing my best for my @HaasF1Team . My deepest thanks for your understanding and support. 🙏
— Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin) February 25, 2022
Haas will decide what to do with its title sponsor Uralkali, owned by Mazepin’s father, Dmitry in the coming days. Mazepin’s contract to race with the team is part of that deal.
Haas already removed the Uralkali logo and colors from its car for the final day of pre-season testing.
Dmitry Mazepin and Uralkali are not currently part of the international sanctions that have been imposed on Russia, but Haas is expected to cut the deal if it is able to.
Haas boss Guenther Steiner insisted last week that doing so would not financially ruin the team.