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Haas emerge with all-white livery after dropping Uralkali logos

Haas have taken to the track for the final day of F1 testing in Barcelona with a white livery, amid the escalating situation in Ukraine.

Haas have adopted a white livery for the conclusion of this week's pre-season test session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Haas announced on Thursday evening that they would be withdrawing branding for their title sponsor, Uralkali, for the remainder of the test, after Russia began military action in neighbouring Ukraine. Uralkali are a Russian potash fertiliser producer and exporter, owned by the father of Haas racer Nikita Mazepin, who is at the wheel of the VF-22 on Friday morning. Haas are entering their second season with the Russian company as their title sponsor, with the team running a white, red and blue colour scheme – the same colours as the Russian flag. Uralkali logos have also been removed from the Haas trucks and motorhome in the paddock.

F1 closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine

F1 bosses met for emergency talks in the Barcelona paddock on Thursday evening to discuss the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Pressure is growing on sporting organisations - such as the FIA - to boycott Russia. Russia is set to host its annual Grand Prix in seven months' time, but F1 released a statement on Thursday to make clear that they are "watching the very fluid developments" in Ukraine. No further statements have been made by F1 following the meeting of team bosses. In terms of the drivers, Sebastian Vettel has spoken up to condemn the actions taken by Russia, and vowed not to take part in the Russian GP at the Sochi Autodrom later this year.

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