Nikita Mazepin: Russian Formula 1 driver barred from British Grand Prix after Motorsport UK decision

No Russian / Belarusian licensed teams are approved to enter motorsport competitions in the UK; no Russian / Belarusian licensed competitors and officials are approved to participate in UK motorsport events; no Russian / Belarusian national symbols, colors, flags to be displayed

Last Updated: 02/03/22 12:02 pm

Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will be unable to compete at the British Grand Prix

Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will be unable to compete at the British Grand Prix

Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will be barred from competing at the British Grand Prix, after Motorsport UK announced their response to the situation in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Haas driver Mazepin looked likely to be allowed to compete in F1 this season after the FIA ​​confirmed Russian and Belarusian drivers could race under a neutral flag.

But chair of Motorsport UK, David Richards CBE, along with the board of the organization confirmed in a statement on Wednesday Mazepin would not be able to race at Silverstone on July 3 unless the situation changes.

“The entire Motorsport UK community condemns the acts of war by Russia and Belarus in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity and support towards all those affected by the ongoing conflict.” Richards said.

Mazepin joined Haas in 2021

Mazepin joined Haas in 2021

“We stand united with the people of Ukraine and the motorsport community following the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have unfolded. This is a time for the international motorsport community to act and show support for the people of Ukraine and our colleagues at the Federation Automobile of Ukraine (FAU). “

FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem said in a statement on Tuesday: “The FIA ​​is watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and I hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation.

“We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our thoughts are with all those suffering as a result of the events in Ukraine.”

In the statement, the FIA ​​added: “Russian / Belarusian drivers, individual competitors and officials to participate in international / zone competitions only in their neutral capacity and under the ‘FIA flag’, subject to specific commitment and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality. “

In response, and in full accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendations, Motorsport UK confirmed, whilst “respecting the decisions of the FIA”, that no Russian / Belarusian licensed teams are approved to enter motorsport competitions in the UK, no Russian / Belarusian licensed competitors and officials are approved to participate in UK motorsport events, and no Russian / Belarusian national symbols, colors, flags (on uniform, equipment and car) to be displayed at Motorsport UK permitted events.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team can survive without the sponsorship of Russian fertilizer company Uralkali and says the criticism of driver Nikita Mazepin has been unfair

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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team can survive without the sponsorship of Russian fertilizer company Uralkali and says the criticism of driver Nikita Mazepin has been unfair

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team can survive without the sponsorship of Russian fertilizer company Uralkali and says the criticism of driver Nikita Mazepin has been unfair

The Motorsport UK decision was made in full consultation with the UK Government and national sports governing bodies to ensure there is a unilateral response to the crisis.

Richards added: “It is our duty to use whatever influence and leverage we might have to bring this wholly unjustified invasion of Ukraine to a halt. We would encourage the motorsport community and our colleagues around the world to fully embrace the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee and do whatever we can to end this war. “

“Motorsport UK stands united with Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the FAU, the Ukrainian motorsport community and the Ukrainian people and calls for violence to end with a peaceful resolution.”

Ex-F1 driver Kvyat: Banning Russian athletes ‘unfair’

On Tuesday, Ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat urged sporting federations against the “unfair solution” of banning Russian athletes and teams from sporting competitions in the wake of his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kvyat, who is from Russia and has 110 F1 starts, was most recently on the grid in 2020 and posted on social media to speak out against the Russia-Ukraine war, but also against the “unfair” banning of Russian athletes.

“I really hope for a peaceful solution to this situation in Ukraine, and that we can all live in peace,” said Kvyat.

“Hopefully all parties can find a solution by sitting together and through a respectful dialogue.

“It horrifies me to see two brotherhood nations in a conflict.

“I do not want military actions and wars to influence the future of humanity. I want my daughter and all children to enjoy this beautiful world.

“I also would like to highlight and address all sports federations across the world including IOC that sport should remain outside politics and disallowing Russian athletes and teams from participating in world competitions is an unfair solution and goes against what sport teaches us in its principle – the unity and peace.

“Who else if not our sports people will help to glue nations together in the upcoming times?”

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