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03rd Mar 2022

Formula One severs all ties with Russian Grand Prix

Callum Boyle

The Formula One calendar will not feature the Russian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future

Formula One has confirmed that it has severed all ties with the Russian Grand Prix and will not race there for the foreseeable future.

Earlier this week, F1 said that this season’s race calendar would not feature the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi as a result of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

However a decision has now been made to terminate their contract altogether, meaning Sochi will not host any races nor will St. Petersburg, where the Russian Grand Prix was set to be held from 2023.

A statement read: “Formula 1 can confirm it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter meaning Russia will not have a race in the future.”

F1’s decision comes after the FIA announced on Tuesday they would allow Russian competitors to race under a neutral flag this season – sparking outrage from fans of the sport.

The FIA later justified their decision by saying their views aligned with that of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

They said: “Russian/Belarusian drivers, individual competitors and officials to participate in international/zone competitions only in their neutral capacity and under the ‘FIA flag,’ subject to specific commitment and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality, until further notice.”

Just a day later, UK Motorsport then announced that team Haas and Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, as well as all Russian licence holders, was banned from racing in this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Meanwhile the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirmed that all Russian and Belarusian athletes will no longer be allowed to compete at the Winter Games after they reversed their original decision.

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