Final December, the World Anti-Doping Agency determined to ban Russian athletes from carrying any image of their nation for the subsequent 4 years. A historic and exemplary sanction motivated by the manipulation of information carried out in the laboratories of Moscow, the place that they had prevented entry to the doping management outcomes of some Russian athletes suspected of violating anti-doping guidelines between 2012 and 2015.
A couple of weeks later, Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) halved the penalty, forcing Russian athletes not responsible of doping to take part for the subsequent two years as impartial athletes. That’s to say, by no means will they be capable to put on the flag of their nation, nor the phrase Russia or Russian of their elastic bands and they won’t even be capable to hear the nationwide anthem of their nation after a victory. A rule that impacts all sports activities, together with Formulation 1, how may or not it’s in any other case.
Not three months later, the Haas crew has introduced its new car with a design that has outraged all the followers of the Nice Circus: Mick Schumacher and the Russian Nikita mazepin will put on the Russian flag on the VF-21, the car with which the US crew needs to enhance the poor outcomes of 2020. In different phrases, a Russian athlete will compete with a flag of his nation in a sports activities competitors, violating, a priori, the sanction ratified by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.
Introducing the Uralkali Haas F1 Crew VF-21… # HaasF1 https://t.co/skSVeLuc1s
– Haas F1 Crew (@ HaasF1Team) March 4, 2021
Steiner: “We will use the Russian colours in our car”
Guenther SteinerHaas crew supervisor, spoke after the umpteenth controversy of his crew: “We can’t use the Russian flag as a Russian flag, however we will use their colours on our car. At the finish, it’s the athlete who can’t show the Russian flag, not the crew. Our crew is American. In different phrases, the regulation made, the entice made: Haas defies the sanction to Russia with a design during which the Russian tricolor flag is the important protagonist.
On this case, the design of the car has a really clear rationalization. Not that the Haas designers have been very keen on the colours of the Russian flag, however reasonably that pay homage to the Russian petrochemical firm Uralkali, new official sponsor of the American crew. It seems that the firm is owned by the father of one in every of the crew’s drivers, the Russian Nikita mazepin.
VF – 21 😍 # NM9 @ HaasF1Team pic.twitter.com/PhXKnUoyJM
– Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin) March 4, 2021
Nikita Mazepin has boasted on social networks of the car with which he’ll debut in Formulation 1. He’ll accomplish that as one in every of the most controversial drivers on the grid in recent times, after being in the eye of the hurricane after posting a video in his social networks during which he’s seen touching a lady’s breasts in a car. A scandal that was about to value him the expulsion of his crew. Though it didn’t occur in the finish, F1 followers appear to have not forgiven him judging by the feedback on the networks.
Lower than three months later, the Russian Mazepin will compete in Formulation 1 lwaving the flag of his nation on his car. It’ll accomplish that after the historic sanction of the World Anti-Doping Agency to Russia after the doping scandals.