Nikita Mazepin is set to miss this season’s British Grand Prix after Motorsport UK suspended the licenses of Russian and Belarusian competitors.
UK motorsport’s governing body has confirmed it is following IOC recommendations amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards said: “The entire Motorsport UK community condemns Russia’s and Belarus’ acts of war in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity and support for all those affected by the ongoing conflict. .
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“We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the motorsport community after the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have taken place. Now is the time for the international motorsport community to take action and show support for the Ukrainian people. and to our colleagues from the Automobile Federation of Ukraine (FAU).”
The decision means, as things stand, that Haas’ Russian driver Mazepin will not be able to race at the Silverstone GP on July 3.
It remains to be seen whether other nations will follow the UK’s lead, with Mazepin’s father – a financial backer for Haas – a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Motorsport UK confirmed on Wednesday: “Recognition of licenses issued by the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) and the Belarusian Automobile Federation (BAF) is suspended in the UK.
- No Russian/Belarusian licensed teams are allowed to compete in motorsport competitions in the UK
- No Russian/Belarusian licensed competitors or officials are permitted to compete in motorsport events in the UK
- No Russian/Belarusian symbols, colors or national flags (on uniform, equipment and car) must be displayed at Motorsport UK authorized events
“Motorsport UK’s decision has been taken in full consultation with the UK government and national sport governing bodies to ensure a unilateral response to the crisis.”
Richards added: “It is our duty to use whatever influence and leverage we may have to stop this totally unwarranted invasion of Ukraine. We encourage the motorsport community and our colleagues around the world to fully embrace the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee and do everything in our power to end this war.
“Motorsport UK stands united with FAU President Leonid Kostyuchenko, the Ukrainian motorsport community and the people of Ukraine and calls for an end to violence through a peaceful resolution.”
Among other measures taken to counter the crisis, the FIA has confirmed that the 2022 F1 Russian Grand Prix will be cancelled.
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