Haas announced on Thursday evening that he would complete the final day of F1 testing in Barcelona without any sponsorship or colors from Uralkali, which resembled the Russian flag.
It has left the future of the deal and that of driver Nikita Mazepin uncertain ahead of the new F1 season.
Team principal Gunther Steiner made his first media appearance since the decision was made on Friday and explained it would go through the legal ramifications next week.
“We took it down yesterday, we have to sort out all the legal issues, which I can’t talk about, next week,” Steiner said.
“At the moment I said we’re not going to do it today. We made the decision yesterday with our team partners. That’s what we’re going to do. I have to work on the rest of the day. next week.”
Russian troops launched a major military assault on Ukraine on Thursday morning after months of rising tensions.
The outbreak of war has also cast serious doubt over the future of the Russian Grand Prix, prompting crisis talks between F1 officials and team bosses on Thursday night in Barcelona.
Further information on the fate of the race is expected soon, but drivers and teams have already indicated that it would not be viable to race there in September.
The Champions League final, which was to take place in Saint Petersburg at the end of May, has already been moved to Paris.
Steiner said the call to withdraw Uralkali’s sponsorship and colors had the full support of team owner Gene Haas, and that it was “the right decision to make”.
“There’s no setback for the competition because of that, not at all,” Steiner said.
Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1 Team
Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport footage
“We just have to go through the trade issues. As I said before, we will do that in the next few weeks.”
Asked by Motorsport.com how much of a financial headache it would be for the team to potentially lose its title sponsor, Steiner said “financially we are doing well”.
“He does not have [impact] in the team, how we run it or how we do, how we plan this season,” Steiner said.
“There are other ways to get the funding. There’s no problem with that one.”
Uralkali is co-owned by Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, and has supported the Russian driver throughout his racing career.
Steiner acknowledged that Mazepin’s future with the team “must be worked out” as there were bigger factors at play, such as government involvement.
“It’s not all up to us here, what happens,” Steiner said.
“There are governments involved and I have no power over them. We also need to see the situation, how it develops in Ukraine.”
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