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F1 cuts ties with Russian Grand Prix because of Ukraine invasion

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Recipe first will no longer race in Russia after the sport terminated its contract with the organizers of the Russian Grand Prix, it said on Thursday, in response to the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

The event is set to move to a new track outside St.Petersburg next year from the current Sochi Olympic park site, which has a contract until 2025.

The sport previously announced the cancellation of the 2022 race, originally scheduled for September 25, last week.

“Formula 1 can confirm that it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter, meaning Russia will not have a race in the future,” a statement from the franchise’s owner said. sport, the unit decides the calendar, said.

Formula 1’s move to effectively withdraw from Russia comes after the sport’s governing body, FIAOn Tuesday condemned the country’s invasion of Ukraine but said Russian and Belarusian drivers could still participate in competitions as neutrals.

The British Motorsport Federation on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian drivers’ license holders from racing in the country regardless of which flag they compete under. Haas’ Nikita Mazepin is the only Russian on the Formula 1 circuit, and Motorsport UK’s decision means he will not be allowed to race in the British Grand Prix.

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