Nikita Mazepin de Haas faces ban from British Grand Prix
Licensed Russian drivers, such as Nikita Mazepin de Haas, will not be allowed to compete in the British Grand Prix, it was announced on Wednesday.
Motorsport UK chairman David Richards and the organization’s board confirmed in a statement that licensed competitors from Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to compete in UK motorsport events, potentially preventing driver Haas Mazepin from race at Silverstone on July 3.
The announcement comes after the FIA ruled on Tuesday that drivers from Russia and Belarus would be allowed to continue racing under a neutral flag, allowing Mazepin to remain in Formula 1 with Haas.
However, it is possible that Mazepin could still participate in the British Grand Prix if he manages to obtain a license from another country.
“The entire Motorsport UK community condemns the acts of war by Russia and Belarus in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity and support for all those affected by the ongoing conflict,” Richard said.
“We are united with the people of Ukraine and the motorsport community after the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have taken place. Now is the time for the international motorsport community to take action and show support for the Ukrainian people. and to our colleagues from the Automobile Federation of Ukraine (FAU).”
On Tuesday, the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) confirmed that no FIA international competition would take place in Russia and Belarus until further notice, although F1 had already announced last week that the Grand Prix of Russia this year would be cancelled.
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said the WMSC’s decision was “aligned with recommendations recently made by the International Olympic Committee”.
“As you know, the FIA watches the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and I hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution of the current situation. We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our hearts go out to all those who are suffering. following the events in Ukraine,” Ben Sulayem said.
“I would like to underline that the FIA, together with our promoters, acted proactively on this issue last week and communicated accordingly on Formula 1, Formula 2, WTCR and the International Drifting Cup.
The WMSC decision added that no Russian or Belarusian national team would be allowed to participate in international competitions and that “no symbol, color, Russian/Belarusian national flag (uniform, equipment and car) should be displayed”.
In response, Motorsport UK said: “No Russian/Belarusian licensed teams are permitted to compete in motorsport competitions in the UK, no Russian/Belarusian licensed competitors and officials are permitted to compete in British motorsport, and no Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colours, flags (on uniform, equipment and car) to be displayed at events authorized by Motorsport UK”
The statement added that Motorsport UK’s decision was taken in full consultation with the UK government and national sports governing bodies.