Formula 1 has cancelled the Russian Grand Prix, which was scheduled for September 25 2022, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement on Friday, the organisers announced that it was impossible to host the racing event after discussions with relevant stakeholders.
The statement read, “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.
A statement on the Russian Grand Prix pic.
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 25, 2022
Formula One becomes the second organisation to cancel a sports event in Russia for the 2022 calendar after the Union of European Football Associations cancelled their biggest club event of the season.
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has drawn different reactions from the sports world with footballers displaying banners and inscriptions calling for an end to the attacks on Ukraine.
Former international and coach of Ukraine’s national men’s football team, Andriy Shevchenko, also called for an end to the attacks stating that his family and compatriots were under serious attack.
The Russian GP was one of the 23 events for the 2022 F1 season, however, it unclear if the organisers would replace the it with another circuit.
Ukraine Invasion: Formula 1 cancels Russian Grand Prix