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Steiner on Mazepin’s departure: “I didn’t talk to him”

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Guenther Steiner has confirmed that he informed Nikita Mazepin he was being removed from Haas in writing, rather than verbally.

The reason for Nikita Mazepin’s removal from the Haas team was due to events occurring in Eastern Europe.

The team also decided to sever their association with the team’s title sponsor, which belongs to Mazepin’s father.

That left Haas looking for a new teammate for Mick Schumacher.

This saw ex Haas driver Kevin Magnussen brought back to the team.

Team Principal Guenther Steiner has said that he has not heard back from Mazepin, and is only aware of the driver’s reaction via his statements made to the media.

Mazepin has said that he had only learned of his sacking “at the same time as the team’s press release” and said he felt he had “deserved more support” from the team.

During an interview with RTL, Steiner admitted he was “always sorry when you have to do something like that.”

He revealed it was “difficult to say” whether he feels sympathy for Mazepin.

“The external circumstances, which neither I nor he can change, are just the way they are. You have to live with it and move on. I see it as part of life,” said Steiner.

When asked how he broke the news to Mazepin, he confirmed: “I only did it in writing. I didn’t talk to him.”

Steiner added: “You have to draw the conclusions.

“The last two or three weeks have been quite exhausting and tedious. [But] the worst should be over. It can only go up. We are always good for a surprise when there is drama!”

The former title sponsor are demanding money back from Haas having said the decision was “unreasonable”.

“It’s a very complex matter, even for legal experts,” said Steiner.

“The team is financially stable. You don’t have to worry about the team. That’s the most important thing for me.”

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