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Russian Grand Prix Called Off

Written By Uche Dozie

F1 has discontinued the Russian Grand Prix that was scheduled to hold later this year due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian troops empowered by the Russian government.

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Talks have been ongoing about the possibility of holding the Sochi race after the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered for an attack on the Ukrainian country.

The incident followed widespread condemnation and withdrawal of relationship or connection of any sort the outside world have with Russia.

F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali and the ten team bosses held a meeting on Thursday night to decide if the race which was scheduled for 25th September will hold.


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A statement after the meeting reads: “We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation. On Thursday evening Formula 1, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is, including the view of all relevant stakeholders, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.”

Domenicali hopes the situation turns out positively for Ukraine.

“We all agreed that in the current circumstances, it would be wrong to race there,” said Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto – who also said there was a possibility the race could still return to the calendar.

“Let’s wait and see, our hope is that it will turn into a better situation and certainly for Ukraine as well.”

Meanwhile…

F1 team, Haas are in dilemma of what to do to their Russian driver Nikita Mazepin; if he will be racing for them this season or not.

The Ukrainian invasion by Mazepin’s country has seen organizations disassociate themselves from the country by ending relationship with Russian based companies or individuals regarded as ally of the government. One, Haas has done by removing the name of their sponsor Uralkali” from their car.

The team ran with a plan car during pre-season testing on Friday. They say they will cope without their sponsorship. This situation hence has necessitated a decision to be taken on Mazepin.

“Yeah, it needs to be resolved,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner told reporters when asked about Mazepin’s future.

“As I said before, not everything depends from us here. There is more than the F1 team involved, there are governments involved, so I have no idea what is coming from that side.”

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