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FIA outlines increased restrictions on Russian drivers

FIA outlines increased restrictions on Russian drivers

FIA outlines increased restrictions on Russian drivers

FIA outlines increased restrictions on Russian drivers

The FIA has detailed the restrictions it is to impose on Russian drivers following its decision to allow them to compete under a neutral flag.

The World Motor Sport Council took the decision not to ban Russian and Belarusian drivers from FIA-sanctioned competitions despite the International Olympic Committee recommending to those governing bodies that operate under its code to do so in the first instance.

Despite FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the WMSC opted for secondary measures as outlined by the IOC.

In a circular sent by the FIA to all its members, licence‐holders, competitors, officials, organisers, and other FIA stakeholders, it has again 'unequivocally condemned' the events of the past week.

It has been made clear any driver, competitor or official from either Russia or Belarus will operate under the 'Authorised Neutral' banner.

Drivers, especially, must sign a legally binding commitment form in order to compete in future events, with the document detailing a number of crucial points.

Notably, drivers are not allowed to display any Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colours or flags publicly or via social media.

They are also prohibited from displaying on uniforms, clothing, accessories, other personal items, on equipment or cars at any time while competing:

* the Russian or Belarusian flag [current or historical]

* any illustration of or reference to the Russian or Belarusian flag

* any national emblem or other national symbols of Russia/Belarus

* the words 'Russian', 'Russia', 'Belarus', 'Belarusian', 'Russian Automobile Federation', 'Fédération de l'Automobile de Belarus' or the acronyms 'RUS' or 'RAF', or 'BAF', 'FBA', 'BLR' in any language or format

* the emblem of the Russian Automobile Federation or Fédération de l'Automobile de Belarus.

Additionally, a driver acknowledges no Russian/Belarusian national anthems will be played at events, nor is that person allowed to play or sing the anthem.

A driver cannot make any statements or comments, take any actions, or conduct themselves in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the FIA, any competition, and/or motorsport generally, nor can they express any support [direct or indirect] for the Russian and/or Belarusian activities in respect of Ukraine.

If drivers are found guilty of any of the above mandates, they will be subject to further sanctions that include the right to be refused entry to participate in an event.

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