Formula 1 says it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter, removing the race from the annual calendar for the foreseeable future amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Formula 1 can confirm that it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter. This means that Russia will have no racing in the future,” the circuit said in a statement. declaration Thursday.
The move comes after the racing circuit removed the Russian Grand Prix from the 2022 calendar last weeknoting that it was “impossible” to hold the race “in the current circumstances”.
According to ESPNF1 initially signed a deal to host the Russian Grand Prix in 2014, and the current contract has been extended until the 2025 season.
Street circuit racing has been held annually in Sochi since the signing of this agreement. The course winds through landmarks that were built to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
F1’s decision to terminate the Russian Grand Prix contract is just the latest punishment the sports leagues have meted out to Russia since it invaded Ukraine late last month.
Monday, FIFA suspended the Russian national team international football events, including the upcoming World Cup. The announcement came just days after UEFA announced it was moving the 2022 Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris.
Also on Monday, the IOC proposed to ban all Russian athletes in all sports from international competitions. On Thursday, the committee announced that Russia and Belarus will not participate in the next Paralympic Winter Games.