Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov has lashed out on the FIA’s ban on Russian drivers. After the sudden outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine battle, the FIA determined to ban all Russian drivers from collaborating in motorsport occasions.
Consequently, Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin misplaced his seat whereas Danil Kvyat misplaced a chance to participate in endurance racing. The ban has additionally seen Ferrari driver academy protege Robert Shwartzmann symbolize the Israeli flag whereas racing as a substitute of the Russian flag that he represented earlier.
Chatting with Sport-Categorical, Petrov lashed out on the absurd nature of imposing opinions on folks from a specific a part of the world and mentioned:
“With out Russia, I do not take into account a single champion or Olympic title to be legitimate. We now have to cease being afraid of our folks and produce Russia again into world sport. Everybody can resolve for themselves, however I would not. For me, it is not acceptable. I do not perceive in any respect this absurdity of imposing sure opinions on folks.”
Petrov, nevertheless, did take a look at the positives of the scenario and felt it may assist enhance the motorsport ecosystem in his nation. He mentioned:
“After all it is unhappy, but when all of the strongest drivers compete in Russia, it is going to improve the competitors and the overall degree significantly. Folks will strive totally different classes and new automobiles, and a brand new viewers will seem. We are able to use the present scenario as an impetus for the event of motorsport, coaching younger folks to information them additional into the long run.”
Drivers should be affected person and prepared for when a chance in F1 comes up: Vitaly Petrov
Vitaly Petrov was optimistic about Russia’s motorsports future as he felt that this isolation would not final eternally and issues would quickly change for the higher. He additionally urged the younger F1 aspirants to be prepared when the chance presents itself, saying:
“In any case, this isolation is not going to final eternally. I perceive it is troublesome, however nobody ought to surrender. I actually have needed to race in Formulation 1 all my life, so I perceive younger drivers very effectively. However they should be affected person, observe and never cease believing, so when the chance to return again comes, we’ll all be prepared.”
Vitaly Petrov’s F1 profession lasted from 2010 to 2012 throughout which he took one podium place. The Russian can be well-known for blocking Fernando Alonso throughout the complete 2010 F1 Abu Dhabi GP which resulted within the Spaniard dropping the title.