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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)


Formulation 1 will no for a longer period race in Russia soon after the sport terminated its deal with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix, it said on Thursday, in response to the country’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

The event, which was set to shift to a new keep track of exterior St. Petersburg following year from its present-day Sochi Olympic park location, had a agreement until 2025.

The sport had previously announced the cancellation of the 2022 race, initially scheduled for Sept 25, last 7 days.

“Formulation 1 can verify it has terminated its deal with the Russian Grand Prix promoter meaning Russia will not have a race in the long run,” a assertion from the sport’s business rights holder, which decides the calendar, stated.

Method 1 transfer to correctly pull out of Russia comes after the sport’s governing overall body, the FIA, on Tuesday condemned the country’s invasion of Ukraine but claimed Russian and Belarusian drivers could nonetheless acquire portion in its competitions in a neutral ability.

British federation Motorsport United kingdom on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing in the place no matter of the flag they contend underneath. Nikita Mazepin of Haas is the only Russian on the Method 1 grid, and Motorsport UK’s conclusion means he will not likely be authorized to race in the British Grand Prix.