F1 Won’t Be Returning To Russia In The Future – WTF1

F1 Won’t Be Returning To Russia In The Future

There have been plenty of question marks surrounding the future of the Russian Grand Prix. Last week F1 confirmed that the 2022 race was cancelled following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with many fans calling on the sport to pull the plug on it completely. 

Considering the ongoing crisis, F1 bosses have decided it’s now impossible to race in the country going forward and have terminated their contract with the 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,” their statement said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin helped bring F1 to the country back in 2014.

With the race funded by the country’s government, the Russian GP originally had a deal to stay on the calendar until at least 2025 as the venue was scheduled to move from Sochi to St Petersburg next year..

Where would you like F1 to race instead? Let us know in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “F1 Won’t Be Returning To Russia In The Future

  • Steven Bremer says:

    I feel that this is the right call as it has lasting impact versus simply not racing there for 1 year. Also, the race was always crap.

  • It is the right thing to do. Though I thought Russia was starting to become “civilised”, it appears that Putin was having the world all along. Perhaps a race in Ukraine, once Russia has been thrown out of the country…
    We all want peace…

    • Steven Bremer says:

      While the gesture seems nice the cost of an F1 race/venue would not be wise for a country that will hopefully not be dealing with this invasion come Fall. It would also be impractical for the rest of the world to pay for a race to be hosted there. My thought would be for F1 to not return the money paid by the promoter of the USSR GP and instead provide it to Ukraine to assist with relief.

  • Liam Nugent says:

    Will F1 hold another race in its place this year, or will it leave this weekend empty to commemorate the victims of this war?

  • I won’t miss it. I’ve never thought Sochi was interesting, only another way to pander to the (corrupt) money men.

  • jake costin says:

    How about the Chinese Grand Prix also? Can’t be racing in a country that supports the war…

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