Ban Russians from competing, says Ukrainian federation – Motorsport Week

The Motor Sport Federation of Ukraine has called for Russians to be banned from FIA-sanctioned competitions following Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade his country.

Ukrainian cities have been attacked by Russian troops since Thursday on the orders of Putin, prompting widespread condemnation and sanctions from the world community.

Formula 1 responded last week by canceling the Russian Grand Prix, which was due to be held in Sochi in September, while Haas removed the Uralkali branding from its VF-22 on the final day of testing.

Further talks between Haas and Uralkali, which is controlled by Nikita Mazepin’s father Dmitry, a close Putin ally, are set to take place this week.

Uralkali joined Haas ahead of the 2021 season with a multi-year deal as title sponsor that followed Mazepin’s recruitment.

Mazepin races under license from the Russian Automobile Federation and uses its symbol in Formula One due to Russia’s suspension from the International Olympic Committee, which the FIA ​​has signed.

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem wrote to the President of the Automobile Association of Ukraine (FAU) and pledged his full support.

In response, FAU President Leonid Kostyuchenko requested that Russia – and complicit neighbor Belarus – be suspended from the competition.

“In view of the current situation, FAU is preparing a proposal for possible FIA ​​support measures for the post-war period, in which all state resources will be directed towards recovery,” Kostyuchenko wrote.

“At the request of FAU members, we ask you to: ban the use of state symbols of the aggressor countries of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus during FIA and FIA-sanctioned competitions.”

“To ban the holding of FIA and FIA-authorized competitions on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

“Ban RAF [Russian Automobile Federation] and RAF-sanctioned competitions in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

“Expel all members from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus from the FIA [and] to exclude from the FIA ​​commissions all persons representing organizations from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

“Prohibit holders of all licenses issued by the RAF and BAF from competing outside the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.”

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