Nikita Mazepin, the Russian ex-Formula One driver, has been fighting against the sanctions imposed by the British government after the invasion of Ukraine in a bid to resurrect his career in racing. The driver was dropped in March 2022 by Haas, which also severed ties with Uralkali URKAI.MM- its title sponsor, which is a fertilizer producer from Russia that is controlled by Dmitry Mazepin, the Belarus-born oligarch father of Nikita. Both the race car driver and the company were later sanctioned by Canada, Britain, and the European Union, who described Dmitry Mazepin as a member of the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nikita Mazepin Has Been Challenging The British Sanctions Imposed On Him
The 24-year-old Nikita Mazepin has been trying to overturn the sanctions imposed by the UK government so he could negotiate with other Formula One teams to return to this sport in 2024. The government had also imposed a travel ban, as well as freezing his assets, which led to his lawyers telling the High Court in London on Wednesday that this was preventing him from negotiating with other teams. Rachel Scott, his lawyer, mentioned that the race-car driver wanted his challenge to be heard as an urgent matter due to the need to develop a relationship with the team staff before the 2024 season if he was offered a contract.
Nikita Mazepin has also challenged the EU and the Canadian sanctions which would be a part of the attempt to return to Formula One. In a witness statement, he mentioned that even if the Canadian sanctions were in place, there was definitely a prospect of him entering into negotiations in order to return to Formula One if the sanctions were lifted in both the United Kingdom and the EU.