Uralkali seek repayment of sponsorship from Haas F1 team after culling ties

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Haas sponsor Uralkali, which the F1 team suspended due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is aiming to reclaim its full 2022 sponsorship from the team.

Uralkali released a statement in response to the termination.

"Uralkali intends to protect its interests in line with applicable legal procedures and reserves its rights to initiate judicial proceedings, claim damages and seek repayment of the significant amounts Uralkali had paid for the 2022 Formula 1 season," the statement read.

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"As most of the sponsorship funding for the 2022 season has already been transferred to Haas and given that the team terminated the sponsorship agreement before the first race of the 2022 season, Haas has thus failed to perform its obligations to Uralkali for this year's season. Uralkali shall request the immediate reimbursement of the amounts received by Haas."

Motorsport.com reports that the Uralkali-statement also states that the termination of the sponsorship deal was "unreasonable" and that F1 "should always be free of politics and pressure from external factors".

Haas will miss out on the Bahrain F1 test because its team freight arrived late. The team announced that Pietro Fittipaldi would replace Mazepin for the Bahrain test. The team also announced former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen would take up the second seat alongside Mick Schumacher for the 2022 Formula One season.

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