Motorsport UK banned all Russian and Belarusian license holders from competing in motor sporting occasions hosted within the UK, together with drivers in addition to groups amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, a day after the FIA concluded that Russian and Belarusian drivers will likely be allowed to race in FIA competitions beneath a impartial ‘FIA Flag’, Motorsport UK introduced that the licenses issued to Russia and Belarus have been suspended “with immediate effect.” By focusing on the nationality of the rivals, Motorsport UK has taken out the chances of such rivals racing beneath a impartial flag within the nation. They additionally stated that no Russian and Belarusian licensed groups are accredited to enter competitions within the nation or take part in motor sporting occasions both, and banned the show of Russian or Belarusian nationwide symbols, colors or flags, even on staff uniforms, gear and automobiles, at Motorsport UK-permitted occasions.
David Richards CBE, chair of Motorsport UK, stated in an announcement, “It is our duty to use whatever influence and leverage we might have to bring this wholly unjustified invasion of Ukraine to a halt. We would encourage the motorsport community and our colleagues around the world to fully embrace the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee and do whatever we can to end this war.”
This signifies that Russian Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will now not have the ability to take part within the British GP, regardless of the choice of the FIA. The Russian driver’s future has already been unsure as Haas F1 Team determined to take away all of Uralkali’s branding and the Russian colors from their automotive in the course of the first F1 2022 pre-season take a look at at Barcelona.
Uralkali – which is partly owned by Dmitry Mazepin, Nikita’s father – has been the title sponsor for Haas F1 Team since final yr, and the partnership between Uralkali and Haas was essential in deciding the employment of Nikita Mazepin as a driver for the F1 staff. However, with the Russian potash producer’s funding out of the image, it was unlikely for Nikita Mazepin to retain his seat with the American owned staff. Adding the uncertainties surrounding Russian nationals in worldwide sporting occasions, it has grow to be nearly inevitable for Haas to exchange Mazepin with one other driver.
While Pietro Fittipaldi – Haas F1 Team’s reserve driver – will likely be able to step in for Mazepin within the fast want, Haas will likely be taking a look at different choices too, with ex-F1 drivers Antonion Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg being the frontrunners for the seat.