La decoration Haas VF-21 with which the American team will race this season in the F1 powerfully attracted attention. Mainly due to the combination of White blue and red that arranged as they are on the car are a clear allusion to the russian flag. This made some "noise" for being a Yankee team, but not surprising if you take into account that its main sponsor, Uralkali, is from Russia.
But the issue goes further, since since December of last year and as a result of the doping scandal that starred in Russian sport upon discovery of tampering with data from its doping control laboratory during the 2014 Winter Games, The World Anti-Doping Agency prohibits Russian athletes at world championships from wearing the flag of their country, even on their clothes, or the words Russia or Russian, the eagle or the shield for two years.
This situation forced the team, which will have German as pilots Mick Schumacher and to russian Nikita mazepin, to go out to clarify what happened. “We have not infringed anything. We came up with this decoration last year before all that about the sanction with the Russian flag came out ", he assured Gunther Steiner, team leader.
“Obviously, we can't use the Russian flag as a Russian flag, but you can use the colors on a car. In the end, it is the athlete who cannot display the Russian flag and not the team. The team is an American team "He added as if to put an end to the controversy.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency has already taken action on the matter and began to carry out an investigation "With the relevant authorities." With the start of the championship just around the corner, this is expected to be resolved in the coming days to see if Haas will be able to wear this livery.