The HaasFormula 1 group has dismissed a report claiming its father or mother firm broke sanctions by offering equipment to Russia as “simply false.”
Haas F1 responded in a press release on Thursday to a report by American broadcaster PBS on Tuesday alleging that the Haas Automation firm had supplied machines and components to Russia.
This would have been in violation of US export management and sanctions rules after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final 12 months.
“That story is simply false, both in its overall impression and in many of its particular statements,” the Haas F1 group stated in a press release.
“The 18 machines referenced within the story left the Haas Automation manufacturing unit previous to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
Haas added that it fully terminated its relationship with Abamet Management — its impartial distributor for Russia and Belarus — on March 3, 2022, quickly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.
Haas added: “Since that date, Haas has not offered or shipped any machines, components, or software program to Abamet or anybody else in Russia.
Haas Automation stated in a separate assertion that it additionally cancelled 50 present machine orders from Abamet on 3 March.
Two days later, Russian driver Nikita Mazepin was dropped by the Haas F1 group and Haas additionally ended its sponsorship with Uralkali, the Russian fertilizer firm owned by Mazepin’s father.
Dmitry Mazepin is an in depth ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his son’s contract to drive was linked to the group sponsorship.