Mick Schumacher’s former team-mate Nikita Mazepin continues to fight with the Haas Formula 1 team over salary payments following his sacking.
The racing team was “in arrears with the salary for this year” at the time of the separation, Russian media quoted the racing driver as saying. The 23-year-old now wants to sue the team. “I haven’t seen my money, so we’re going to court,” Mazepin said. The Muscovite had to leave the racing team shortly before the start of the season because of the sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
The EU had put Mazepin and his father Dmitri on its extended list of oligarchs and people whose assets are frozen in the EU and who are no longer allowed to enter the country. Dmitri Mazepin is co-owner of the former Haas title sponsor Uralkali, a mining company. He is said to have close ties to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin.
Nikita Mazepin stressed that the Haas team’s break with Uralkali as sponsor had no influence on his future with the racing team. It had been a matter of separate contracts. “In my opinion, the employer should at least compensate the salary until the time of dismissal and probably pay some kind of severance pay,” Mazepin said.
Haas had replaced Mazepin with Dane Kevin Magnussen. The 29-year-old has scored all 15 championship points for the team so far this season and is twelfth in the championship. Mick Schumacher is still waiting for his first points in Formula 1.