Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will not be allowed to race under his country’s flag after a ruling against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was extended to FIA-run championships.

In December, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ban on Russia from competing at world championship sporting events for the next two years following a doping scandal.

The ban, which was reduced from the four years initially proposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to two, will prevent Russia taking part in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics set to be held this year, and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Russian Automobile Federation announced on Friday that the sport’s governing body the FIA had clarified the impact the CAS ruling will have on motor racing, confirming it would extend to F1.

That means Mazepin, and any other Russian competitors in FIA-run championships such as F1, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship, will be prohibited from using national emblems, flags or symbols, as well as the word “Russia” or “Russian”.

The use of the acronym ‘RAF’ - standing for ‘Russian Automobile Federation’ is permitted. They may only use the name ‘Russia’ if it is displayed as the phrase ‘neutral athlete’. Competitors are allowed to still use the colours of the Russian flag.

Should the Russian Grand Prix go ahead as planned on 26 September, the Russian National Anthem will not be allowed to be played before the race.

Formula 2 and Ferrari junior driver Robert Shwartzman and Formula 3’s Alex Smolyar will be able to compete under the Russian flag as both series are not an FIA world championship.

The CAS ruling will last two years until 16 December 2022.

 

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