Russian firm Uralkali has demanded a full reimbursement from Haas after being dropped because the workforce’s title sponsor forward of the approaching Components One season.
Haas lower ties with Dmitry Mazepin’s firm Uralkali and dropped his son, Nikita, as driver following Russia’s army invasion of Ukraine.
Uralkali signed a cope with Haas at first of 2020, a deal which included Mazepin’s race seat.
Dmitry Mazepin is a detailed ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and was one of many enterprise leaders who met him on the Kremlin final week to debate the worldwide sanctions positioned on the nation.
Motor racing’s governing physique, the FIA, didn’t ban Russian drivers from competing however final Saturday Haas confirmed it had lower ties with Mazepin and Uralkali.
On Wednesday, shortly earlier than Mazepin spoke to the media for the primary time since that call, Uralkali launched an announcement saying it desires its a refund.
The assertion mentioned: “The Firm views the Group’s resolution as unreasonable and believes that sports activities ought to all the time be freed from politics and strain from exterior elements.”
In his media session, Nikita Mazepin mentioned he’s launching a brand new basis — named We Compete As One — to assist athletes who’re blocked from competing for “political causes”.
Uralkali desires to make use of the reimbursed cash from Haas to arrange that initiative.
Uralkali’s assertion added: “As many of the sponsorship funding for the 2022 season has already been transferred to Haas and provided that the Group terminated the sponsorship settlement earlier than the primary race of the 2022 season, Haas has thus did not carry out its obligations to Uralkali for this 12 months’s season. Uralkali shall request the quick reimbursement of the quantities obtained by Haas.
“The refund from Haas and the remaining a part of Uralkali’s sponsor financing for 2022 can be used to ascertain the We Compete As One athlete assist basis.”
Haas declined to touch upon the assertion when requested by ESPN.
Mazepin mentioned he realized of his “sacking”, as he put it, from the press launch Haas put out on Saturday.
The Russian hopes to return to F1 in future though he mentioned he has no want to take action with the Haas workforce.