Nikita Mazepin Barred From Racing Under the Russian Flag Over 2 F1 Seasons

Published 02/06/2021, 2:30 AM CST
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is in doubt for 2021 Formula 1(Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Nikita Mazepin has had to face a few hurdles ahead of his debut this year with Haas F1. In the latest news, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced that Nikita Mazepin can only race under a neutral flag for the next two years in F1.

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The first hurdle was towards the end of 2020, when the Russian was in the news for all the wrong reasons that almost had him see the doors out of Formula 1 racing. The current CAS decision on Mazepin is due to the reverberations of the body’s decision on Russia post the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics doping scandal.

“The Russian Automobile Federation has now announced that it received clarifications from the FIA concerning the CAS ruling this week, confirming it would impact drivers competing in world championship series,” states the report.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 18: Second placed Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Hitech Grand Prix celebrates on the podium during the feature race at the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

This means that Russian drivers across other FIAs’ world championships, such as Formula E, WRC, WEC, and WRX will also race under a neutral flag. FIA will not allow drivers to use national emblems, flags or symbols, and the word “Russia” or “Russian.”

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The drivers will drive as neutral athletes from Russia and will not use the country’s name on clothing. However, the Haas F1 driver can use the colors from the Russian flag. The decision also forbids FIA events from playing Russian national anthems at the event.

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“The Russian Grand Prix is set tcs WADA ban on the country hosting sporting events during the sanction period, should the race not be cancellable due to contractual clauses,” states the report.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 New Haas’ driver Mick Schumacher tests the car during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Given all the negative press he’s received, Nikita Mazepin will need to deliver some good results to prove that he belongs on the Formula 1 stage.

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Do you believe Nikita Mazepin will warrant his F1 promotion or will he fail to deliver on the biggest motor sporting stage?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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