Doping Watchdog Investigating Haas & Mazepin Over Potential Ruling Breach
March 6 2021 , 12:27 am
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating if the Haas F1 Team’s recently unveiled 2021 livery is in violation of the two-year ban on Russian athletes competing under the Russian flag.
The livery in question is based on the colours of the Russian flag, arranged in a way to resemble the flag itself on many parts of the car, especially the front-wing.
This raised eyebrows immediately after the livery was unveiled on Thursday, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport had announced a two-year ban for Russian athletes at world championship sporting events in December.
The ban, which relates to state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics and was imposed following a WADA investigation, means that Russian athletes, including racing drivers, won’t be allowed to compete under their national flag or have it on display at official events.