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F1 terminates long-term contract with Russian GP

F1 terminates long-term contract with Russian GP

F1 terminates long-term contract with Russian GP

F1 terminates long-term contract with Russian GP

Formula 1 has cancelled its long-term contract with the Russian Grand Prix.

F1 had already decided it would not race at the Sochi Autodrom this year but it has now gone a step further by determining it will no longer race in Russia at all. A deal was in place through to the end of 2025.

The race was due to switch next year to the purpose-built circuit of Igora Drive, sited 70 kilometres north of St Petersburg.

But via a statement, F1 said: "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."

F1 has acted with purpose and intent given Russia's invasion of Ukraine which has enraged the world at large.

On Friday last week, F1 opted to cancel the September race in Sochi, which was formally confirmed following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council this week.

The WMSC, however, opted against taking as strong a stance with regard to competitors, allowing them to compete under the FIA flag.

F1, however, believes a stand had to be made and despite only announcing in June last year the race would move to Igora Drive, it has taken the bold step to cancel the Russian GP outright.

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