Formula 1 has joined a growing number of organizations, corporations, and nations that are putting their foot down against Russia. Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has sparked an international outcry. Even WWE has pulled all of their programming from Russia. The sports world seems united in its stance.
There have been rumors of Formula 1 canceling the upcoming Russian Grand Prix ever since the invasion began. The event was scheduled to take place in Sochi on September 25. Superstar drivers like Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso had insisted that the race be canceled.
That request has been approved. Formula 1 released a statement today announcing that the Russian GP would be canceled. The organization said the move was made with an eye towards uniting people and nations. It was determined that it was impossible to hold the event under the current circumstances.
“The FIA Formula 1 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.
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, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.”
The cancellation of the event was met with international approval. Even if F1 decided to go ahead with the race, there would be plenty of drivers and teams who opted out. There was no way the Russian Grand Prix was happening. Now it’s official.
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