The decision by Formula One to cancel the Russian grand prix is the right call
Anais Lowry — a student from France currently on work placement with the News Letter — offers her insight as a long-time Formula One fan into the decision by motorsport officials to cancel the Russian Grand Prix:
The Sochi Autodrom, located on the northeastern coast of the Black Sea, has for years been the venue for the Formula One Russian Grand Prix.
The circuit was set to host its very last race in September before the event moves to Saint Petersburg.
The organisers cite the “impossibility” of holding the race in the current situation.
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In addition to the grand prix being cancelled, one of formula one’s 10 teams, Haas, had until Friday morning a Russian flag livery and the logo of the Russian fertiliser company Uralkali, Haas’ main sponsor.
But many questions from fans across the world lead to a statement from the Haas F1 Team insuring “Haas F1 Team will present its VF-22 in a plain white livery, minus UralKali branding, for the third and final day of track running at Circuit de Barcelona on Friday 25 February”.
I have been following Formula One since I was 10 years old, and I am very impressed with the decision the FIA and its shareholders have made regarding this grand prix.
The situation has gone beyond politics.
It would look bad if the FIA appeared to show any support for the cruel and ferocious acts happening in Ukraine.
Instead, the FIA seems to be showing that it understands the suffering in Ukraine at this time.