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Faced with war in Ukraine, Formula 1 cancels Russian Grand Prix

After the invasion of Ukraine by the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the organizer of the Formula 1 World Championship announced the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, which was supposed to take place from 23 to 25 September.

This was announced on Friday, February 25, by Formula 1 President Stefano Domenicali after a meeting of the leaders of various teams and the FIA, which discussed the future of the Russian Grand Prix. Under the circumstances, it seemed that the race could not take place. According to The keeperRed Bull’s Christian Horner said a trip to Russia was out of the question, while reigning world champion Max Verstappen for his part officially rejected the idea of ​​a trip to a country that had just declared war on a neighboring country. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) meanwhile made it clear that he would boycott the race if it took place in Russia.

Therefore, F1 has decided to cancel the Russian Grand Prix by issuing the following statement: “The FIA ​​Formula 1 World Championship is heading to countries around the world with a positive vision of bringing people and nations together. We are watching with sadness and surprise the development of the situation in Ukraine and hope for a peaceful resolution of the current situation. On Thursday evening, F1, the FIA ​​and the teams discussed the position of our sport and came to the conclusion that, taking into account the views of all stakeholders, it is not possible to organize the Russian Grand Prix under the current conditions. “.

There will be no Russian Grand Prix this year.© Red Bull

F1 also suggested that the race could be held in another country. Turkey has been touted as one of the main options as two races there have had to be canceled in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic, although some sources suggest F1 may choose another option. The start of the 2022 Formula 1 championship has not yet been given. The first race to be held in Bahrain will take place on Sunday 20 March. Qualifiers start two days early.

Other consequences

This Friday, February 25, UEFA announced that Russia will not host the Champions League final in St. Petersburg, as originally planned. Finally, it will be played at the Stade de France in Paris.

On the other hand, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee condemned Russia’s actions, calling them a “violation of the Olympic Truce”, which is a tacit agreement that, seven days before and seven days after the Games, the participating countries must promote “peace, dialogue and reconciliation.” Russia violated this truce three times in 14 years. Russian athletes should still be allowed to the Games …

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