Azerbaijan driver tests positive for illegal substance

The FIA has ruled that Formula One rookie Nikita Mazepin of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, could face sanctions for testing positive for an illegal substance. Covid, an animal tranquilizer and CNS inhibitor found in…

Azerbaijan driver tests positive for illegal substance

The FIA has ruled that Formula One rookie Nikita Mazepin of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, could face sanctions for testing positive for an illegal substance.

Covid, an animal tranquilizer and CNS inhibitor found in prescribed antipsychotic medications, was included in the Formula One rookie’s testing to at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The testing was done by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Sept. 5.

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After the substance showed up in a urine sample, FIA testing center coordinator Amaury Meunier-Moreau sent the sample to the Center for Drug Testing (CDT) in Monaco, which confirmed it was the same substance.

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The IFFL’s code states that any substance over 1 percent is illegal and Mazepin now faces a course of action to be determined by the FIA.

“The substance in question has the same result in B samples,” said the IFFL. “One more test will be conducted with the same substance (in substances more than 1 percent), in the same urine sample.”

In other words, if Mazepin’s B sample also returns positive, he could be kicked out of F1.

Not only did Mazepin test positive, two other drivers and two pit crew members tested positive for Covid. Both Latvian drivers Marcus Ericsson and Jari-Matti Latvala failed to identify the substance in their samples, while the pit crew members, Meljov Michailovski and Karzan Shlöfte, both failed to detect the substance as well.

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