Mazepin was ready to begin testing in Bahrain, but as the Russian invasion of Ukraine put more pressure on the team to distance itself from its Russian title sponsor, Uralkali, and it’s Russian driver, its no surprise that both have had their contracts terminated. Now, it’s been revealed that Kevin Magnussen has replaced the driver, but Mazepin isn’t happy about how this played out.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, he told the press his feelings on the matter:
“First of all, I want to say that I understand that the world is not like it was two weeks ago. It was an extremely painful time for both you and me. People who are not here see it from a different angle. We in Russia and Ukraine see it’s on many other levels.
‘I was planning to start as a neutral athlete. The FIA allowed it. I had no problem with that, but the night before my contract was terminated, additional directives came out and as we started to analyse them, I got a message the next morning that the contract was cancelled. I was fired.