'Russia will not have a race' - Formula 1 terminates contract with Russian Grand Prix
"Formula 1 can confirm it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter meaning Russia will not have a race in the future," it said in a statement. It is a decision that is very different to the one made by the governing body, the FIA, earlier this week which ruled to allow Russian competitors taking part in global motorsport events.
McLaren F1 Team driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia competes in a qualifying session for the 2021 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom racing circuit
The International Paralympic Committee had initially ruled that athletes from the two countries could compete as neutral athletes. However, amid threats from governments, teams and athletes to pull out from the Games in Beijing, the decision was reversed.
"We are very firm believers that sport and politics should not mix," said IPC president Andrew Parsons.
"However, by no fault of its own, the war has now come to these Games and behind the scenes many governments are having an influence on our cherished event.
"Ensuring the safety and security of athletes is of paramount importance to us and the situation in the athlete villages is escalating and has now become untenable."
In a statement released on Tuesday night, the FIA revealed that president Mohammed ben Sulayem had chaired an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council which had as its aim to "address matters relating to the ongoing situation in Ukraine".
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit in Sochi on September 26, 2021.
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Though the FIA revealed in that meeting that Russian and Belarusian drivers would not be banned, they will however not be able to compete under their own flag, instead participating "in a neutral capacity and under the FIA flag".
FIA president Mohamed ben Sulayem said: “The FIA is watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and I hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation.
"We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our thoughts are with all those suffering as a result of the events in Ukraine.
"I would like to stress that the FIA, together with our promoters, proactively acted on this matter last week and communicated accordingly on the Formula 1, Formula 2, WTCR and the International Drifting Cup.
"An updated version of the different FIA International Calendars will be presented to the WMSC meeting in Bahrain for approval.”