In the round-up: The World Anti-Doping Agency, which has banned the use of the Russian flag by the country’s athletes, is looking into whether Haas’s livery is compliant.

Haas livery attracts WADA’s attention

Haas presented a new livery for the 2021 F1 season on Thursday in which the colours of the Russian flag feature predominantly.

It followed the news last month the team’s driver Nikita Mazepin, along with other Russian athletes, are forbidden from displaying the country’s flag on their sporting equipment under a ban handed down by WADA. The ban was imposed in response to a long-running investigation over Russia’s state-backed doping programme.

WADA told RaceFans it “is aware of this matter and is looking into it with the relevant authorities.” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said this week it is up to WADA, not the FIA, to determine if the livery is compliant

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

No spectators at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Start, Baku City Circuit, 2019
Baku race will take place without fans

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix promoters have confirmed this year’s race on June 6th will take place without spectators due to the pandemic.

Last year’s race was one of several which were cancelled entirely as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We are, of course, thrilled to welcome F1 back to Baku after such a difficult period but we will deeply miss our amazing fans that have played a vital part in making this race weekend such a special occasion year after year,” said Baku City Circuit executive director Arif Rahimov. “Our message is as simple as it its heartfelt: we miss you and we will see you again.”

Fans who purchased tickets for last year’s race will be able to use them for next year’s grand prix.

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On this day in F1

  • 50 years ago today the new Formula 1 season opened at Kyalami in South Africa. Mario Andretti scored his first win, bringing his Ferrari home 20 seconds ahead of pole-winner Jackie Stewart.

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