Mazepin blames ‘cancel culture’ for losing Haas F1 seat

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Mazepin blames ‘cancel culture’ for losing Haas F1 seat

After dropping his Haas race seat final month, Nikita Mazepin has hit out at “cancel tradition” towards Russian athletes.

Following occasions in jap Europe, Haas have been beneath strain to chop ties with all Russian entities together with their driver.

The staff introduced simply two weeks earlier than the beginning of this season that Mazepin had been given the axe, dropped alongside together with his and the staff’s title sponsor, Uralkali, with instant impact.

The motive force accused Haas of an absence of assist, revealing he had not been forewarned about his axing, solely studying of it on the identical time Haas put out a press launch.

Mazepin has since joined a rising record of Russians dealing with sanctions, alongside together with his father, Dmitry.

He blames “cancel tradition” towards Russian athletes.

“I don’t agree with being within the sanctions and I’ve stated beforehand I intend to struggle it,” Mazepin advised the BBC’s Stephen Sackur.

“Maybe now is just not the correct time as a result of for those who have a look at the entire state of affairs that’s occurring towards athletes within the basic case, it’s cancel tradition towards my nation.”

Mazepin blames ‘cancel culture’ for losing Haas F1 seat

Requested by Sackur if, whereas sitting in Moscow, he’s seeing the pictures popping out from Ukraine, Mazepin replied: “I stay in the identical world as you though maybe three, 4 hours away, however it is rather painful to look at that on many ranges.

“My emotions, they clearly modified as a human being and as an individual that desires to stay in a really peaceable world. However I will likely be trustworthy with you – I see super dangers in saying something in any respect about this case as a result of I’ll by no means fulfill everybody and due to this fact I’ll preserve myself publicly quiet.”

Haas staff boss Guenther Steiner just lately spoke concerning the staff’s determination to drop Mazepin, saying there was no manner they may proceed the connection.

“We couldn’t make every other determination once we received to it. There was no chance to maintain him driving,” the Italian advised BBC Sport.

“The criticism, the sanction all collectively, it didn’t work out anymore.”

He added: “We made it [the decision] as a staff and all the time with the background of what’s finest for the staff.

 

“As a result of the largest asset right here is the staff, with all of the individuals we make use of right here, all of the individuals who work right here, we can’t put that in danger.”

Haas as a substitute signed Kevin Magnussen, the Dane returning to the grid with back-to-back top-10 outcomes.

 

 

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