Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for Formula 1 to cancel this year’s Russian Grand Prix in wake of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
Russian president Vladimir Putin authorised a military invasion of Ukraine this week, sparking condemnation from world leaders across the globe. The Haas team have removed all branding of title sponsors Uralkali, a Russian company, from their car for today’s test running, while Formula 1 team bosses met last night to discuss whether to push for the Russian Grand Prix to be cancelled. No outcome from the meeting has been made public.
Australian freestyler skier Danielle Scott, who was in Russia to prepare for the FIS Freestyle world cup event in Yaroslavl, announced that she would not compete in the event and leave the country due to the military action. Scott’s decision was praised by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who called on other international sports, including Formula 1, to not participate in events involving Russia.
“Well done Danielle Scott for withdrawing from this event,” Morrison posted on social media.
“All international sporting events in Russia should have their authorisations withdrawn from all international sporting bodies – this includes the F1 grand prix in Sochi.”
Morrison is the first world leader to call on Formula 1 to not race in Russia, where a race has been held every season since the event joined the calendar in 2014. The Russian round is scheduled to move to a new venue at the Igora Drive circuit from 2023.
Formula 1 is set to return to Morrison’s home nation of Australia in April at the revised Albert Park circuit in Melbourne for the first time since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020.
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