Russia will not host a Formula One race in September, it has been revealed.
Following on from the Champions League football final, scheduled to be held in St.Petersburg but canceled yesterday, F1 becomes the latest sport to take action in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Formula One has canceled the Grand Prix without condemning Russia, according to Guardians, but says event organization will be “impossible” with current events. Instead, Turkey’s Istanbul will take its place.
The decision comes after some of Formula One’s most famous names expressed concern about the prospect of racing in Russian. Current world champion Max Verstappen has spoken out against it, while Sebastian Vettel has vowed to boycott the race if necessary.
F1 said: “The FIA Formula 1 World Championship visits countries around the world with a positive vision to unite people, bring nations together,” F1 said in a statement. declare. “We are following developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a quick and peaceful resolution of the current situation. On Thursday night, Formula 1, the FIA and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and it was concluded, including the views of all stakeholders, that it was not possible to organize Russian Grand Prix under current circumstances”.
On Friday, UEFA announced that, following the decision to exclude Russia as the host of the Champions League final in St.Petersburg, Paris would be used instead.