Haas’ Nikita Mazepin will sit out the season finale, the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after testing positive for Covid-19.
Haas F1 team confirmed on Sunday, that their driver Mazepin will not partake in today race, after testing positive for Covide-19, the team confirming that the Russian driver is asymptomatic.
In a statement by the F1 Media, it was confirmed that there would be no replacement for the Haas driver as per article 31.1 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, which “prohibits any driver from starting the race who has not taken part in at least one practice session.”
BREAKING: Nikita Mazepin will not race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a positive test for Covid-19
Mazepin is experiencing only mild symptoms, and is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols
We wish Nikita a safe and rapid recovery pic.twitter.com/ZHNo8eCddT
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021
Haas Team Statement
Uralkali Haas F1 Team driver Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team therefore regrets to announce that Nikita will be unable to participate in the race.
Nikita is physically well, having been asymptomatic, but he will now self-isolate and adhere to the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for all parties concerned.
Uralkali Haas F1 Team wish Nikita well and we look forward to his return to the race track in early 2022 for pre-season testing.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 12, 2021