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Haas to remove Uralkali branding

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24/02/2022

Haas has announced that it is to remove the Uralkali branding from its cars for the final day of testing at Barcelona.

Almost from the moment Russia invaded Ukraine, there has been speculation over the ethics of all sporting sponsorship the country is involved in.

As ever, questions have been asked on social media about Uralkali's involvement with Haas, company owner Dmitry Mazepin having enjoyed a meeting with Russian premier, Vladimir Putin only last week.

At a time team bosses are to discuss the possible cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, Haas, which is understood to be heavily dependent on Uralkali money, has issued a brief statement.

"Haas F1 Team will present its VF-22 in a plain white livery, minus Uralkali branding, for the third and final day of track running at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya on Friday 25 February," it read.

"Nikita Mazepin will drive as planned in the morning session with Mick Schumacher taking over in the afternoon. No further comment will be made at this time regarding team partner agreements."

It is not the American team's first troublesome relationship with a sponsor, having previously been 'burned' by the infamous Rich Energy deal.

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1. Posted by Stitch431, 25/02/2022 11:55

"Good on them. F1 should immediately announce not to race in Russia too for that matter. What a brutal crime this invasion is. "

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 24/02/2022 21:10

"I should think so too, thats the least they can do."

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3. Posted by @R1Racing71, 24/02/2022 19:25

"I was under the impression that Mazepin had in effect bought (or in the process of buying) Haas F1?
Either way that deal has now surely hit the skids?
Presumably this is the final nail in the coffin for Gene Haas, or perhaps the Andretti clan can swoop in and throw the team a life line.

As for liberty media I’m beginning to have a bit of sympathy, to quote Douglass Adams, “Just when you think things can’t get possibly worse. They do”"

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