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Nikita Mazepin Allowed to Continue to Compete in F1

The FIA announced new policies March 1 for the 2022 Formula 1 season with regards to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Russian and Belarusian drivers still being allowed to compete in 2022.

The new policies permits Haas F1 Team driver Nikita Mazepin to compete in F1 competition in 2022, but the Russian will instead race under a neutral flag.

“As you know, the FIA is watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and I hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation,” FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said at the beginning of the meeting. “We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our thoughts are with all those suffering as a result of the events in Ukraine.”

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The other policies include no Russian or Belarusian events “until further notice,” and national teams based in those countries will also be unable to compete.

FIA representatives from those countries will also temporarily step down from their roles.

The new policies come less than a week after the FIA announced that F1 will not hold the Russian Grand Prix.

See the full statement and list of policy changes here.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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