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Forgotten Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin cleared to race as European court overturns controversial ban

Former Formula 1 motorist Nikita Mazepin has actually been cleared to race once again after European Union sanctions versus him were dropped.

The 25-year-old, who took on Haas F1 Team in 2021, has actually been removed a blacklist as his relationship with his daddy, a Russian oligarch, was not considered enough to keep approved.


Mazepin reacted to the news on Instagram

Responding to the news, Mazepin composed on Instagram: “742 days of life under sanctions. WE ARE FINALLY BACK.”

The motorist’s daddy, Dimitri, is a close partner of Russian president Vladimir Putin, and his Uralkali fertiliser business gives earnings for the Russian federal government.

Uralkali ended up being Haas’ lead sponsor for the 2021 season, and the cars and truck was even painted at a loss, white and blue of the nation’s flag.

The collaboration was set to continue for 2022, with Mazepin contending along with Mick Schmacher, however his agreement was ended following Russia’s prohibited intrusion of Ukraine in February that year, right before the season got underway.

Now, however, Mazepin is totally free to race once again in Europe with a European court declaring: “The household relationship with his daddy is inadequate to think about (Nikita Mazepin) as being connected to him by typical interests and, for that reason, to keep him on the sanctions list.

“According to established case law, (the association criterion) implies the existence of a link going beyond a family relationship, established in the light of a body of sufficiently concrete, precise and consistent evidence. In this case a link was in no way established.”

Following the termination of his contract in February 2022, Italian authorities sequestered a villa worth more than £100million which was linked to Nikita Mazepin.

In March last year, the same European court issued an interim order suspending part of the sanctions against Mazepin, authorising him to compete in some car races.

Dimitri Mazepin was one of numerous oligarchs to be sanctioned due to their relationship with Putin


Dimitri Mazepin was one of numerous oligarchs to be sanctioned due to their relationship with PutinCredit: Getty

The Moscow-born racer has since competed in Asian Le Mans for British squad 99 Racing, taking part under a neutral flag.

He finished fourth in both seasons, a vast improvement on his disastrous F1 career that saw zero points and five retirements in 22 races.

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