Russian Drivers To Be Banned From Racing At The British GP – WTF1

Russian Drivers To Be Banned From Racing At The British GP

The FIA may be allowing Russian and Belarussian drivers to continue competing under a neutral flag, but one country has already said they won’t be welcome.

Ukraine’s Automobile Federation had called for both countries’ drivers to be banned from FIA championships amid Russia’s invasion of their neighbour.

In a show of support and solidarity, Motorsport UK has decided to ban all Russian and Belarussian drivers and teams from competing in races held in Britain, including FIA championships such as F1.

This means should he hold on to his seat, Haas’ Nikita Mazepin will automatically be unable to race in this July’s British GP.

In a statement, their chair, David Richards CBE, said: “It is our duty to use whatever influence and leverage we might have to bring this wholly unjustified invasion of Ukraine to a halt. We would encourage the motorsport community and our colleagues around the world to fully embrace the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee and do whatever we can to end this war.”

“Motorsport UK stands united with Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the FAU, the Ukrainian motorsport community and the Ukrainian people and calls for the violence to end with a peaceful resolution.”

This ban also extends to any Russian or Belarusian officials, and no national symbols, such as colours, flags or anthems, will be permitted in any UK races.

Do you agree with Motorsport UK’s decision? Let us know in the comments below. 

8 thoughts on “Russian Drivers To Be Banned From Racing At The British GP

  • Yes, the right call. Nothing personal against Mazespin. But everyone should take all the possible effort, to show Putin how it’s done.

    • Steven Bremer says:

      I agree. This isn’t about punishing the individuals but instead to send a message to the country’s leadership. That is the point of sanctions. Unfortunately I do not think the western world is responding with strong enough sanctions at this point.

      Another thing; and maybe I missed it, has Mazepin spoken about and condemned the actions of his country?

      • Most drivers try to avoid the straight out facts and speak of “a difficult situation” and hope “for a peaceful solution”. Well…just admit…what Putin is doing is a horrible act of war. Of course, that sentence is difficult to say wenn your daddy’s Putins puppy.

        • Steven Bremer says:

          Yeah, drivers talk a lot about “thoughts and prayers” or put little stickers on their helmets.

    • Dave Smithson says:

      Take a look at all the innocent people being killed because of Putin’s illegal war and then tell me what’s unfair….

      • Putin’s war, not Nikita’s war. He may not be a good driver, but it takes more than money to get into f1, and to do this over nationality, is the definition of racism. This won’t get Putin, Putin is laughing probably because we think this would hurt him. Lmao, if you want to hurt Russia, go join the armed forces, not ban an innocent guy

        • First off no, not racism, its not because he’s white, if is was discrimination it would be national origin discrimination. And this is how war works for those not involved militarily. Punish the citizens and the economic state of the country to force them to end the war for their citizens sake.

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