F1 Russian Grand Prix remains on calendar despite invasion of Ukraine

The race at the Sochi Autodrom is set to take place in September but neither F1 nor the sport’s governing body, the FIA, have acted to cancel the meeting which is backed by the Russian government. The FIA has still yet to issue any comment on the race in Russia. Seven of the teams are based in the UK and the British government’s position on holding sporting events in Russia is already clear. Vatanen said he was supported in his opinion by then FIA president Jean Todt but F1’s chief executive at the time, Bernie Ecclestone, was adamant that sport and politics should not mix and that the race, which was backed financially by the Russian government and supported by Vladimir Putin, should go ahead.

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