Mazepin says he is suing Haas F1 over unpaid 2022 wage

Former Haas Components 1 driver Nikita Mazepin is suing the group over “wage arrears” he says are owed to him for the 2022 season.

In an interview with Russian media outlet RBC, Mazepin stated his authorized motion could be between him and Haas solely and was unbiased of the group’s former title sponsor Uralkali.

The Race approached Haas for a response however the group was unavailable for remark.

The contracts of each Mazepin and Uralkali, which is owned by Mazepin’s father Dmitry, had been terminated by Haas in March in response to the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mazepin stated on the time his want to proceed racing by complying with situations set out by the FIA for Russian opponents was “utterly ignored” by the group earlier than it communicated its determination and that he had no warning of the break up earlier than Haas introduced it publicly through a press launch.

He described the authorized case in opposition to Haas as his “private matter” and confused any trial would happen particularly between him and the group, after experiences earlier this yr that Uralkali was in search of reimbursement of the sponsorship funds it had paid Haas prematurely of the 2022 season.

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“When the contract was terminated, Haas had a wage arrears to me for 2022,” he stated. “And so they nonetheless haven’t paid it.

“I’m solely speaking about the truth that contractual obligations weren’t fulfilled.

“You additionally want to grasp that we had two unbiased contracts. And breaking the settlement with the title sponsor [Uralkali] didn’t have a direct impression on my future within the group.

“So that they [Haas] made two separate selections. I didn’t see my cash, so we’re going to court docket.”

Mazepin additionally advised “based on my info” Russian Grand Prix promoter Rosgonki was paid by F1 for the cancellation of its race and the championship “thereby, set an instance of etiquette” Haas may have adopted.

“There are enterprise relations and you may’t go wild, that is mistaken,” stated Mazepin.

“Sadly, not everyone seems to be guided by this.”

F1 cancelled the Russian GP a day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, and every week later stated it could not race within the nation within the foreseeable future.

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