No Russian drivers will be able to race in the UK until additional notice. Motorsport UK have been banned their licenses for racing
Motorsport UK will refuse to recognize licenses of Russian driver until further notice.
It means Nikita Mazepin cannot race in the British Grand Prix even if he continues to be part of the Haas team.
Mazepin’s father Dmitry provides financial backing to Haas and is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Motorsport UK’s decision comes in the wake of the FIA, the international governing body, deciding to allow Russians to compete in events but ban teams from the country.
Motorsport UK chair David Richards is thought to have voted against the FIA’s decision at Tuesday’s meeting of its World motorsport council.
A statement from Motorsport UK stated for Russian drivers:
- No Russian/Belarusian-license teams are approve to enter motorsport competitions in the UK
- No Russian/Belarusian-license competitors and officials are approve to participate in UK motorsport events
- Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colors, flags (on the uniform, equipment, and car) not to be displayed at Motorsport UK-permitted events
It added that the sanctions had been taken in consultation with the UK Government.
Richards said about Russian driver:
“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.
“Motorsport UK stands united with Leonid Kostyuchenko, president of the Automobile Federation of Ukraine. The Ukrainian motorsport community, and the Ukrainian people and calls for the violence to end with a peaceful resolution.”
Roxs news Source: BBC