Russian driver Nikita Mazepin has been sacked by his former employer Haas F1 Team following events surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Today he still does not understand these sanctions and considers them “Cancel Culture” towards his country.
The son of Russian oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, whose Uralkali fertilizer company was the main sponsor of Haas, Nikita was expelled after the sanctions adopted by the various authorities and in particular the FIA against Russian and Belarusian athletes.
Mazepin sees sanctions as “Cancel Culture”
Under European sanctions, Mazepin’s father is considered a “member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle”and Nikita, 23, is “associate” to those who provide “entry” to the Russian government. Nikita Mazepin spoke to the BBC about these sanctions claiming that he was a victim of “Cancel culture against my country”.
“I do not agree to be part of these sanctions,” he said. “I have said before that I am going to fight this. Maybe it’s not the right time, but if you look at the whole situation that’s going on against athletes in general and in the Still, it’s like Cancel Culture against my country. .”
Russian tennis superstar Daniil Medvedev is now at risk of being banned from Wimbledon this year because he has so far refused to explicitly denounce Putin. In turn, when the Russian pilot was asked about his opinion on the war in Ukraine, Nikita Mazepin replied:
“I live in the same world as you, but it is very painful to see this war on many levels. Obviously, my feelings have changed as a human being and as someone who wants to live in a peaceful world.”
“But I’ll be honest with you, I see great risks in saying anything about this case, because I can never please everyone. That’s why I’m going to keep my mouth shut publicly.”
Following the loss of his seat, Nikita Mazepin made a public video statement where he announced the creation of a foundation “We compete as one” to help athletes who are victims of sanctions from the governing bodies of their respective disciplines where athletes were excluded. . of any competition.
“The whole situation that is happening against the athletes… is to annul the culture against my country”
Sacked Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin says he has been unfairly sanctioned and there are ‘tremendous risks’ in speaking out about Ukraine conflicthttps://t.co/6gkOE1mnDj pic.twitter.com/oeggrXwA9u
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