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Ukraine Invasion: Russian Grand Prix, A Doubt, Vettel Counts Himself Out Of The Race

Written By Uche Dozie

The race at Sochi, Russia is under threat of cancellation after multiple calls for the Grand Prix to be called off following the invasion of Ukraine ordered by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

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The Grand Prix built to hold on September 25 was the subject of discussion at a crisis meeting which was to be attended by all 10 team bosses and governing body the FIA with Domenicali joining by video link-up from London while the teams are at pre-season testing in Barcelona.


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“It is an awful situation, it is very sad,” said Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto. “I think at the moment what we can do is only to wait and see and hope for the best.

“I think from now to the race in September, there is time and my wish is that everything will stop very soon.

For a race that has been on the F1 calendar since 2014 and the time of the race is still some months from now, F1 says it is keeping a close eye on the developments.

Skysport reports that Haas – whose title sponsor is Russian company Uralkali and who have a Russian driver in Nikita Mazepin – withdrew team boss Guenther Steiner from the pre-season testing press conference on Thursday.

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Aston Martins driver, Sebastian Vettel has voiced out his opinion on the race at Sochi describing the situation going on in Ukraine as “horrible”. The four-time champion will not be part of the race even F1 decides to go ahead with it.

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“I woke up to this morning’s news shocked. I think it’s horrible to see what is happening. Obviously if you look at the calendar we have a race scheduled in Russia (on Sept. 25),” Vettel said Thursday at preseason testing in Barcelona. “My own opinion is I should not go, I will not go,” he said.

“I think it’s wrong to race in the country. I’m sorry for the innocent people that are losing their lives, that are getting killed (for) stupid reasons and a very strange and mad leadership.” The Russian race at Sochi’s Olympic Park is due to move to Igora Drive, 40 miles north of St Petersburg, from 2023.

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