Following Russia’s armed invasion of Ukraine, Formula One has canceled the 2022 Russian Grand Prix in September. On Friday, Russian troops advanced further into Ukraine. They have prompted widespread condemnation and penalties from Western leaders.
On a call on Thursday evening, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and the leaders of the ten teams addressed the race’s position. The race on September 25 will not take place. Regardless of what occurs in the coming months, various F1 insiders have assured that the race will not take place.
F1 will almost certainly try to fill the void with another race. Following a deal negotiated between Vladimir Putin and former Formula, One boss Bernie Ecclestone negotiated a deal in 2014. F1 added the Russian Grand Prix to their schedule. In 2014 and 2015, Putin presented prizes to winners of the event.
There was a statement from F1, “We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation. On Thursday evening Formula 1, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport. And the conclusion is, including the view of all relevant stakeholders. It is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.”
The UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The withdrawal of the Russian Grand Prix is yet another clear message to President Putin. The international sporting world will not stand by and allow him to use these events to legitimize his illegal and deadly invasion of Ukraine. I welcome the action taken by the FIA and its drivers. We are working at pace with governing bodies linked to international sporting events due to be hosted in Russia this year and are urging them to follow suit.”
Sebastian Vettel declared on Thursday that he will boycott the race. He is a four-time F1 champion. This week, F1 is holding preseason testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The American team Haas will compete in Friday’s race in a basic white car. They have decided to forego the branding of its Russian backers Uralkali.
In the paddock, Uralkali signage has been removed from the team’s motorhome and trucks. “We all agreed that in the current circumstances, it would be wrong to race there,” said Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto, “Let’s wait and see, our hope is that it will turn into a better situation and certainly for Ukraine as well.”