LONDON — The Planet Anti-Doping Company (WADA) said on Friday it was checking whether the Haas Formula Just one team’s new car livery complied with a ban on the Russian flag at environment championship functions.
U.S.-owned Haas has Russian potash producer Uralkali as its new title sponsor and offered on Thursday a white, blue and purple car with the shades laid out on the front wing like a Russian flag.
“WADA is mindful of this issue and is wanting into it with the related authorities,” said a spokeswoman.
Russian athletes are prevented by WADA sanctions from competing below the country’s flag at “any Planet Championships organized or sanctioned by any signatory,” as punishment for Russian competitors’ use of performance-improving medicines.
Formula One’s governing system, the International Car Federation (FIA), is a WADA signatory.
A December ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) also said that Russian athletes could not screen publicly the country’s flag on “apparel, equipment or other own goods”.
Uralkali is owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin whose son Nikita is creating his debut for the team alongside Germany’s Mick Schumacher, son of 7-times environment champion Michael.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner advised reporters the livery experienced been drawn up by now previous 12 months, right before the CAS ruling.
“Clearly we cannot use the Russian flag as the Russian flag, but you can use shades on a car,” he said.
“In the conclude, it is the athlete which cannot screen the Russian flag and not the team. The team is an American team.”
He said there experienced been discussions with the FIA on the subject matter.
Requested whether the FIA experienced approved it, he added: “I will not imagine they can approve it. It is really WADA, it is not an FIA rule.”