Formula 1 has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix.
The decision comes six days after this year’s race, scheduled for September 25 in Sochi, was scrapped from the calendar.
F1 bosses announced just last June that an agreement had been reached to move the Russian round to Igora Drive, 40 miles north of St Petersburg, from 2023.
But after the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the sport has moved towards abolishing racing altogether.
A statement said: “Formula 1 can confirm that it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter, which means that Russia will not have a race in the future.”
On Thursday, Motorsport UK announced that drivers with Russian licenses have been banned from competing in the UK.
That means Haas driver Nikita Mazepin, the only Russian driver on the F1 grid, will not be able to compete in July’s British Grand Prix.
Mazepin’s immediate future in Formula 1 is at stake. His father, oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, is a co-owner of Haas’ title sponsor Uralkali.
Haas removed the Russian fertilizer maker’s branding for the final day of testing in Barcelona last week.
F1’s governing body, the FIA, will continue to allow Russian drivers to compete, albeit under a neutral flag.
The Russian round entered the calendar in 2014 after former supremo Bernie Ecclestone struck a lucrative deal with Vladimir Putin.
Ecclestone, 91, supported the FIA’s stance on Russian drivers in an interview with the PA news agency.
“It was absolutely the right decision by the FIA,” said Ecclestone, who led Formula 1 for four decades.
“There are so many things the world has agreed on about this conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But I don’t think anyone really thought about it or thought about it.
“If there is a Russian driver in Formula 1, what does that have to do with Russia being at war? There is no relationship there.
“The Russian athletes have nothing to do with this conflict. They are not part of it and have never been part of it. They just happen to be Russian.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/motor-sport/fia-terminates-contract-with-russian-grand-prix-but-bernie-ecclestone-backs-decision-to-allow-russian-drivers-race-41407091.html The FIA cancels the contract with the Russian Grand Prix, but Bernie Ecclestone supports the decision to allow Russian drivers to race