TEAM STATEMENT # HaasF1 pic.twitter.com/5aEXLzYtmV
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) March 5, 2022
The US-based team has also suspended cooperation with the main sponsor, the Russian chemical company Uralkali.
The decision to suspend co-operation was taken in connection with Russia’s hostilities in Ukraine, which have been going on for more than a week.
The driver’s father, Dmitry Mazepin, who owns Uralchem, is one of the businessmen who was invited to a meeting in the Kremlin shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Together with the rest of the F-1 community, our team is shocked and hurt by the invasion of Ukraine. We wish a speedy and peaceful end to this conflict,” the statement said.
Mazepin spent one season in the Haas, but failed to score in the F-1 Championship.
It is not yet known which pilot will replace Mazepin and become a member of Mika Schumacher’s team at Haas.
The BBC reports that Haas will announce a replacement for Mazepin early next week.
The first stage of the 2022 F-1 season is scheduled for March 18-20 in Bahrain.