December 7, 2022

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Motorsport UK bans Russian, Belarus drivers from racing in Britain

System 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will not be in a position to race in the British Grand Prix on his Russian license after Motorsport United kingdom on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The shift by Britain’s motor racing federation will come a day following the sport’s governing body FIA explained Russian and Belarusian motorists would be permitted to contend in a “neutral capacity” below an “FIA flag” subsequent an remarkable assembly of its Environment Motor Activity Council (WMSC).

By focusing on the nationality of the licenses, Motorsport UK’s selection will end Russian and Belarusian motorists from racing in Britain, regardless of the flag they contend beneath.

“We stand united with the folks of Ukraine and the motorsport neighborhood subsequent the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have unfolded,” mentioned Motorsport Uk Chair David Richards, who attended Tuesday’s WMSC meeting, in a statement.

“This is a time for the intercontinental motorsport neighborhood to act and display assistance for the folks of Ukraine and our colleagues at the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine (FAU).”

Motorsport British isles reported its decision was built in comprehensive session with the British Government and national athletics governing bodies.

Mazepin, the only Russian on the Formula One grid, currently faces an uncertain long term following his U.S.-owned Haas group eradicated all branding connected to Russian potash producer and title sponsor Uralkali on the closing working day of last week’s Barcelona exam.

Uralkali is owned by Mazepin’s father, oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, and the fate of the partnership and the Russian’s ongoing presence at the crew is set to be made a decision this 7 days.

Motorsport British isles also announced a ban on Russian and Belarusian-certified teams competing in the United kingdom.

It banned the display of Russian or Belarusian nationwide symbols, colours or flags, even on team uniforms, products and cars and trucks, at Motorsport United kingdom-permitted activities.

The organization’s shift raises the prospect of other nationwide motorsport federations implementing identical constraints for their dwelling Method 1 races.

The British Grand Prix is scheduled for July 3 at Silverstone.

Belarus has been a crucial staging spot for the Russian invasion.

Russia calls its steps in Ukraine a “particular operation.”