Method 1 CEO: ‘No extra racing in Russia’

Method One chief government Stefano Domenicali attends the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebration of Italian tyremaker in Milan, Italy, January 28, 2022. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

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August 23 – Method 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated the game has no plans to carry future races in Russia.

The Russian Grand Prix was scheduled to be held in Sochi this yr earlier than transferring to Igora Drive in St. Petersburg in 2023, however F1 canceled the race after Russia invaded Ukraine. And Domenicali stated the game has no intention of returning to the nation.

“I’ve at all times believed that you must by no means say by no means,” Domenicali informed Sport Bild journal, per GrandPrix.com. “However on this case, I can promise for certain — we are going to now not negotiate with them.

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“There shall be no extra racing in Russia.”

Alexey Titov, the CEO of Russian GP promoter ANO Rosgonki, stated he expects F1 to refund funds made following the cancellation of this yr’s race.

“This debt exists, it’s confirmed and our place on it’s unchanged,” Titov informed Russian information company Tass. “We anticipate a refund whatever the present place of Method One Administration in relation to holding races within the Russian Federation.

“The present scenario in world sports activities is extraordinarily politicized. It’s essential to take Domenicali’s phrases right here with this in thoughts. What he stated has a pronounced political connotation that has nothing to do with the actual spirit of sports activities.

“The way forward for our relationships at the moment is absolutely unclear. We are going to take Domenicali’s place under consideration in our additional work.”

That is the primary yr since 2014 {that a} race has not been held on the Sochi Autodrom, with Mercedes having gained each race up to now.

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