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FIA Still Allows Russian Drivers to Compete

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Wednesday, March 2 2022 – 13:50 WIB

VIVA – The World Motorsport Agency (FIA) condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the FIA ​​said drivers from Russia and Belarus could still participate in racing as neutral parties.

The decision was taken following an extraordinary meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) which discussed the Ukraine crisis.

They stated that Russian and Belarusian drivers were allowed to take part in various championships but were not allowed to wear the national symbols, colors or flags in their uniforms, equipment and cars.

The meeting also confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Russian Grand Prix. The FIA’s decision came after Russia invaded Ukraine in what Russia called a special operation, with the support of Belarus.

“We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and we stand with those who have suffered the effects of these events in Ukraine,” said FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in Formula 1’s official website, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

McLaren’s Lando Norris in Russian GP F1 Qualification

The decision by the World Motor Sport Council means that Nikita Mazepin, the only Russian driver on the grid, continues to race in Formula 1.

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