Sebastian Vettel has stated that he will not race in this year’s F1 Russian Grand Prix – and believes the event should be cancelled.
Russia began a large-scale military attack on Ukraine on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “military operation” in the eastern region of Donbas, Ukraine. Gunfire and explosions have been heard around the country, as reported by the BBC.
In sport, UEFA has announced that they will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the staging of the Champions League final. It is currently due to be held in the Russian city of St Petersburg.
AP journalist Rob Harris reports that UEFA will choose to move the final out of Russia.
Formula 1, meanwhile, has said in a statement that it will continue to monitor the situation “very closely“. The Russian Grand Prix is currently on the 2022 calendar.
Formula 1 on Russian Grand Prix
The sport is currently in its second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. In addition, throughout the week, drivers have been available to answer questions.
Speaking about the status of the Russian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso said, as per Motosport.com, that F1 would “do the best thing”.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said: “When a country is at war, it is not right to race there.”
Another driver asked was Sebastian Vettel. The Aston Martin driver is one of three Grand Prix Drivers’ Association directors.
He said: “In my personal opinion, obviously I woke up after this morning’s news, shocked.
“I think it’s horrible to see what is happening. Obviously, if you look at the calendar, we have a race scheduled in Russia.
“For myself, my own opinion is I should not go, I will not go. I think it’s wrong to race in that country.
“I’m sorry for the people, innocent people who are losing their lives, getting killed for stupid reasons.”
Vettel also believes that F1 should not hold a race in Russia. Its date in the provisional 2022 calendar is September 25.
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