FIA bans Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from auto racing, but not their drivers

FIA bans Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems from auto racing, but not their drivers

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After a conference of the Earth Motor Activity Council on Tuesday, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has declared new sanctions and guidelines about Russian and Belarusian participation in racing events less than its jurisdiction.

Russian driver Nikita Mazepin (R) and Mick Schumacher (L) are associates of the Haas F1 team, which was set to be sponsored by Uralkali and wear the shades of the Russian flag.
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The motorsports governing human body will enable Russian and Belarusian drivers to contend in all sequence, together with Formulation Just one, but they will have to do so underneath the FIA flag, relatively than those people of their countries, “subject matter to certain determination and adherence to the FIA’s concepts of peace and political neutrality, right up until further more observe.”

The FIA has also banned any intercontinental or regional functions from currently being held in Russia or Belarus and the use of their anthems, flags and national symbols at venues, on vehicles or on drivers’ uniforms.

Russian and Belarusian drivers will need to race under the FIA flag if they want to compete in sanctioned events.

Russian and Belarusian drivers will need to have to race under the FIA flag if they want to contend in sanctioned situations.
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The business will also suspend the payment of any grants to Russian and Belarusian FIA Customers, and has officially canceled the Russian Grand Prix, which was eradicated from the sequence calendar final 7 days, under drive majeure.

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“I want to thank the Council customers for their prompt action in choosing these steps in the pursuits of sport and peace. We stand in solidarity with Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the Federation Vehicle d’Ukraine (FAU) and the broader FIA family in the country. The steps taken today recognize the authority of the FAU in Ukraine and are also aligned with the suggestions recently made by the International Olympic Committee,” FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem reported in a information release on the agreement.

“We are in energetic discussions with our customers as we go on to increase our compassion and assistance in their time of will need. We sincerely hope for a tranquil resolution to their intolerable hardship.”

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The new procedures leave the future of Components One driver Nikita Mazepin in a condition of limbo. The Russian is a member of the Haas F1 crew and the son of the operator of its title sponsor, Russian fertilizer big Urakali.

Haas F1 removed the Uralaki sponsorship and colors of the Russian flag from its cars during testing last week following the invasion of Ukraine.

Haas F1 eradicated the Uralaki sponsorship and colours of the Russian flag from its autos through screening final week subsequent the invasion of Ukraine.
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Haas taken off the identify of the company and the colors of the Russian flag from its cars and trucks throughout a take a look at session final 7 days and reported it was monitoring the situation relating to global sanctions ahead of making a determination on its long term.

Haas has not but commented on the FIA’s action.