Haas ‘demands Uralkali pays more money’ despite axing F1 sponsorship contract

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HAAS parted firm with Russian sponsor Uralkali forward of the 2022 season after the invasion of Ukraine.

Mazepin hits out at Haas over contract termination

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Haas have refused to pay again sponsorship cash acquired by Uralkali after the crew ended its cope with the fertiliser firm earlier than the primary race in Bahrain. The crew claims it had a proper to finish the deal as a consequence of a contract clause within the sponsorship settlement, in accordance with Motorsport.com.

The clause states Uralkali should not “convey into dispute, ridicule or reduce the general public popularity” of the Haas crew. Uralkali is owned by Nikita Mazepin’s father Dmitry who has shut ties with Vladimir Putin.

Earlier this week, the Mazepin’s Italian villa was seized by authorities as a consequence of his hyperlinks to the Kremlin. The American constructor claims Uralkali’s demand for cash to be paid again was “ungrounded and rejected” as the corporate was in breach of the foundations.

The letter reportedly defined: “Based on unanimous authorized students and case legislation, the occasion which terminates the settlement for breach of the opposite occasion is beneath no obligation to return to such occasion what it has already acquired beneath the settlement.

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Haas 'demands Uralkali pays more money' despite axing F1 sponsorship contract

Haas are refusing to pay sponsorship a reimbursement to Mazepin’s father’s Uralkali firm (Picture: Getty)

“The declare of Uralkali to acquire the re-payment of the down paid quantity of EUR 12,000,000 is subsequently ungrounded and rejected.” In addition to refusing the refund, Haas has even demanded extra money from the corporate.

The crew have requested for an additional £6.5million (€8million ) from the fertiliser group for a lack of income it believes they’d have made had the deal continued. Motorsport.com additionally experiences the crew are refusing to pay Mazepin’s wage for the time labored this season.

The 23-year-old was nonetheless concerned within the first pre-season check at Barcelona earlier than he was changed by Kevin Magnussen. It’s understood Uralkali wrote to Haas to dispute the crew’s termination of the contract.

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Haas 'demands Uralkali pays more money' despite axing F1 sponsorship contract

Haas eliminated the sponsors from their automotive instantly (Picture: Getty)

The corporate has written to request a refund of just about £10million ($13million) which had already been paid. In a letter to the constructor, Uralkali had requested for “fast reimbursement”.

In a press release final month, they mentioned: “As many of the sponsorship funding for the 2022 season has already been transferred to Haas and provided that the crew terminated the sponsorship settlement earlier than the primary race of the 2022 season, Haas has thus did not carry out its obligations to Uralkali for this yr’s season. UralKali shall request the fast reimbursement of the quantities acquired by Haas.”

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