Nikita Mazepin stated he wouldn’t drop the Russian flag even when it elevated his probabilities of a return to Formulation 1.
Based on rsport.ria.ru, Russian driver Sergey Karyakin informed the information company RIA Novosti that drivers from the nation wouldn’t be allowed to take part in worldwide competitions, such because the Dakar Rally, and not using a written assertion condemning the continued struggle in Ukraine.
The information website stories that one other Russian racer, Konstantin Zhiltsov, modified sports activities citizenship to Israeli so as to have the ability to take part in competitions.
Nonetheless, that isn’t an possibility that Mazepin desires to pursue even when it have been to imply a return to Formulation 1 was extra possible.
Mazepin was sacked by Haas simply 9 days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and he was later changed by Kevin Magnussen. The crew additionally dropped their title sponsor Uralkali, who’re owned by Mazepin’s father.
On the time, the FIA and F1 stated Russian and Belarusian drivers could be allowed to race below a impartial flag, one thing Mazepin, who was born in Moscow, claimed he had agreed to however it appears that evidently is not case.
“Folks can’t be condemned,” the 23-year-old stated. “We’re athletes. Everybody has a selection, it have to be revered.
“Zhiltsov is just not the one one, [Russian turned Israeli driver] Robert Shwartzman did the identical. There’s a query of private issues.
“Whether or not you wish to hand over your nation for sport and it’s extra necessary for you or not – everybody chooses for himself, however I can’t do it.
— Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin) March 5, 2022
“It wasn’t a shock to me [Kariakin’s words]. I used to be one of many first to obtain this doc and I studied it very clearly, again in early March. It’s everybody’s determination.
“I’d very very similar to athletes to have the chance to be impartial, I battle for that. I do know Sergey very effectively, I do know his place and I respect it.”
Mazepin introduced in July that he was suing former employers Haas for alleged unpaid wages.
The Russian, who completed twenty first in his solely season in F1, additionally said he hoped to see the Russian Grand Prix return to the calendar after it too misplaced its place within the sport following Russia’s invasion.
“[I] took it with nice disappointment, realised it was all coming to this,” Mazepin stated. “I’m very sorry. I bear in mind these unbelievable emotions after I carried out on the stage in Russia.
“I want the drivers and spectators might expertise it once more quickly. However issues can change in a short time, each negatively and positively. I hope for the very best,” stated Mazepin.