Formula One team Haas have rejected claims that they are supplying machinery to Russia amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, PBS alleged that Haas Automation, a partner of the American team, had directly provided machines and parts to Russia which would be a violation of US export control and sanctions regulations.
Haas have infamous ties to Russia, having had Russian chemical company Uralkali as their title sponsor for the 2021 season before cutting ties with them after the outbreak of the war in March 2022.
This included sacking Russian driver Nikita Mazepin whose seat at the team was completely reliant on the Uralkali sponsorship.
The team have completely refuted these allegations however, with a statement on their website on Thursday reading: ‘That story is simply false, both in its overall impression and in many of its particular statements.
‘Haas Automation is and has always been in full compliance with U.S. Government export control. No machines have shipped from the Haas Automation factory to Russia since March 3, 2022.
‘The 18 machines referenced in the story left the Haas Automation factory prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Haas Automation voluntarily chose to terminate its relationship with the Russian distributor, which has never been required by any U.S. sanctions.
‘Haas Automation completely supports Ukraine and its people in their defense against Russia.
‘Since March 3, 2022, Haas has not sold or shipped any machines, parts, or software to Abamet or anyone else in Russia. This crucial fact was made clear to the PBS reporter before the story was aired.
‘Haas Automation has been manufacturing machines for more than 30 years, and there are more than 200,000 Haas machines currently in use throughout the world.
‘Throughout that period, Haas has been a strict adherent to all U.S. export control and sanctions regulations, and an even stronger supporter of the U.S. policy goals many of those regulations are designed to address.’
This all comes as Haas prepare for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where they’ll hope to have better luck than they did in the F1 season opener in Bahrain.
Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg finished taht race 13th and 15th respectively to leave Haas ninth in the standings with no points.
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