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F1 severs ties with Russian Grand Prix over Ukraine invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin hands Lewis Hamilton the Russian Grand Prix trophy in 2014. (AP)


Formulation 1 will no more time race in Russia after the activity terminated its deal with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix, it said on Thursday, in reaction to the country’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

The function, which was set to transfer to a new observe exterior St. Petersburg next 12 months from its existing Sochi Olympic park location, had a contract right up until 2025.

The activity had earlier declared the cancellation of the 2022 race, at first scheduled for Sept 25, very last week.

“Formula 1 can validate it has terminated its deal with the Russian Grand Prix promoter which means Russia will not have a race in the upcoming,” a assertion from the sport’s industrial rights holder, which decides the calendar, said.

System 1 shift to proficiently pull out of Russia comes immediately after the sport’s governing human body, the FIA, on Tuesday condemned the country’s invasion of Ukraine but mentioned Russian and Belarusian motorists could nonetheless acquire aspect in its competitions in a neutral potential.

British federation Motorsport Uk on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing in the place regardless of the flag they contend less than. Nikita Mazepin of Haas is the only Russian on the Components 1 grid, and Motorsport UK’s determination means he would not be permitted to race in the British Grand Prix.