Formula 1’s Russian GP canceled due to Ukraine invasion
By: Paul Seefeld, Sports Editor, The Pawprint
The great Sochi race in Russia that was due on September 25th, has now been canceled by the FIA. “It’s impossible to hold it in the current circumstances.” said the FIA director Mohammed bin Sulayem.
Following Putin’s invasion in Ukraine, a statement read: “The FIA Formula One World Championship visits countries all over the world with a positive vision to unite people, bringing nations together. We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation.
Last Thursday evening Formula one, the FIA and the teams discussed the position of their sport. Their conclusion, including the views of all relevant stakeholders, is that it is indeed impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in those circumstances.
The main trigger point of this decision was when the UEFA (European football league’s governing body), decided to strip Russia from the champions league and move the League finale to Paris instead.
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