As the first step after the attack of Russia on Ukraine, Haas has removed all the lettering of the main sponsor “Uralkali”, a Russian mining company, from the new Boldy and the cooperation is also completed on Saturday. In addition, the US Rennstall has also completed a personnel decision: Nikita Mazepin, son of the majority owner of “Uralkali” Dmitri Mazepin, will no longer be started as a driver.
“The Haas F1 team has decided to dissolve the partnership with Uralkali and the contract with Nikita Masepin with immediate effect,” says the statement: “Like the entire Formula 1 is the team shocked and affected by the invasion in Ukraine and Hopes for a peaceful end of the conflict. “
Previously, maepin has already been excluded from the Grand Prix in Silverstone (Great Britain), with the remaining races, the 23-year-old would have had to start as a neutral athlete and under the flag of the Motorsport World Association FIA.
Through the personnel decision, Mick Schumacher now receives a new team-mate: As a favorite on the place of maepin, the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi applies. Fittipaldi was already in 2020 in the cockpit of Haas, in the last race of the season he replaced the Romain Grosjean injured after a serious accident.
The last season spent the grandchild of twice Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi in the Indycar Series, this year he was involved by Haas as a test driver. At the final test in Bahrain from 10 to 12 March, Fittipaldi could officially turn his first rounds.