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F1 severs ties with Russian Grand Prix over Ukraine invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin arms Lewis Hamilton the Russian Grand Prix trophy in 2014. (AP)


Formula 1 will no more time race in Russia just after the activity terminated its deal with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix, it mentioned on Thursday, in reaction to the country’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

The event, which was established to transfer to a new observe outside St. Petersburg upcoming yr from its current Sochi Olympic park venue, had a agreement right until 2025.

The sport experienced formerly announced the cancellation of the 2022 race, at first scheduled for Sept 25, last 7 days.

“Components 1 can ensure it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter this means Russia will not have a race in the potential,” a statement from the sport’s commercial legal rights holder, which decides the calendar, explained.

Method 1 move to effectively pull out of Russia arrives soon after the sport’s governing human body, the FIA, on Tuesday condemned the country’s invasion of Ukraine but explained Russian and Belarusian drivers could still just take portion in its competitions in a neutral ability.

British federation Motorsport British isles on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing in the state regardless of the flag they compete under. Nikita Mazepin of Haas is the only Russian on the Formulation 1 grid, and Motorsport UK’s choice means he will not be authorized to race in the British Grand Prix.