Russian driver Mazepin – whose billionaire oligarch dad is pals with Putin – WILL be allowed to drive in F1 this season

FORMULA ONE’S governing body, the FIA, have failed to follow other sports in taking decisive action against Russian athletes. F1 was swift to act by cancelling the Russian GP following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But, somewhat staggeringly, the FIA have decided to allow Russian and Belarusian drivers to continue to drive. 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. Ben Sulayem’s failure to take strict action on Russian drivers will upset Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine, who had urged the FIA to intervene.

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