Russian Grand Prix in serious doubt after Ukraine invasion with F1 'closely watching' conflict

Russian Grand Prix in serious doubt after Ukraine invasion with F1 'closely watching' conflict

February 24, 2022

THE RUSSIAN Grand Prix is in serious doubt after Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine after a surprise statement on TV.

Formula One are now monitoring the situation after Ukraine that "Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine".

An F1 spokesperson said: "Formula 1 is closely watching the very fluid developments like many others and at this time has no further comment on the race scheduled for September.

"We will continue to monitor the situation very closely."

Speaking the day before the invasion, Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he expected the race in Sochi to go ahead.

Speaking on Wednesday, he said: "From the understanding that we’ve had with Formula 1 the race is going ahead. And you will surely see me there.

“I have always been a big supporter of sport without politics."

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The race is scheduled to go ahead on 25th September at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday, September 25.

Events over the last few days have also sparked talk of the Champions League final being moved from St Petersburg, with Wembley mooted as a possible venue.

It has been impossible to separate sport from world events with Manchester City and Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko threatening Putin.

In a deleted Instagram post Zinchenko said to Putin: "I hope you die the most painful suffering death, creature.”

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