Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he will not travel to Russia to race in the upcoming season if the Grand Prix takes place amid the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
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Former F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has become the first driver to boycott the Russian Grand Prix.
Vladimir Putin launched a ‘full-scale invasion’ into Ukraine in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving an uncertain outlook across Europe and the wider world.
Formula one will be back Russia into the 2022 season – but Vettel, who won four titles in a row between 2010 and 2013, says he wouldn’t be available if he was.
“I shouldn’t have gone, I’m not going,” he said. “People are being killed for stupid reasons. A very strange and crazy leadership.”
Current world champion Max Verstappen also hinted that he may not travel, if the race continues.
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“When a country is at war, it’s not right to race there,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of ‘a tidal wave of violence’ from Russia against Ukraine.
“Innumerable missiles and bombs have been dropped on completely innocent people. A vast invasion is underway, by land, sea and air,” he said.
“Our mission is clear. Diplomatically, politically, economically and ultimately militarily, this heinous and barbaric adventure of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.
Johnson spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the early hours of Thursday, before chairing an emergency COBRA meeting at 7:30 a.m.
Before the meeting, he said: “President Putin has chosen the path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The UK and our allies will respond decisively. definitely.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added: “This is a critical moment for Europe’s security. Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine is putting countless of our lives at risk.
“This is a deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned invasion.
“It is a flagrant violation of international law, an act of aggression against a sovereign, independent and peaceful country and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/sebastian-vettel-russia-grand-prix-26319445 Sebastian Vettel becomes first F1 driver to boycott Russian Grand Prix over Ukraine invasion