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F1 team Haas sacks Russian driver Mazepin, ends his father’s team sponsorship

FILE - Haas driver Nikita Mazepin of Russia arrives to the Losail International Circuit in Losail, Qatar, Nov. 18, 2021 ahead of the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
FILE - Haas driver Nikita Mazepin of Russia arrives to the Losail International Circuit in Losail, Qatar, Nov. 18, 2021 ahead of the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

The Haas Formula One team terminates Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s contract “with immediate effect” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Haas also ends its sponsorship with Russian company Uralkali, owned by Mazepin’s father.

Haas says in a statement that “the team is shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine.”

Mazepin, 23, had raced for just one season with Haas but failed to register a point in the championship.

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