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today is Aug 09, 2022

Formula 1 says it is monitoring any potential impact on the Russian Grand Prix following the country’s invasion of its neighbour Ukraine.

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin announced shortly before 6am Moscow time he had begun a “military operation” in eastern Ukraine.

F1 is due to hold the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom, around 500 kilometres south of the scene of the invasion, on September 25th.

The European Union, United States and United Kingdom have all condemned the invasion and have begun introducing sanctions against Russia and individuals linked to Putin. This has prompted speculation over whether the race can go ahead.

“Formula 1 is closely watching the very fluid developments like many others and at this time has no further comment on the race scheduled for September,” a spokesperson for the series confirmed this morning. “We will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

Sochi held its first round of the world championship in October 2014, eight months after Russia annexed Crimea, which also prompted the imposition of sanctions.

Tickets for the Russian Grand Prix are not currently available for purchase on F1’s official ticketing website. As of last evening this was understood to be due to a technical fault.

September’s race is due to be the last in Sochi before the grand prix is relocated to the Igora Drive circuit outside St Petersburg.

Sanctions against Russia could also have implications for the Haas team, whose title sponsor, Uralkali, is Russian. Nikita Mazepin is the son of Uralkali chief Dmitry Mazepin and the team’s livery races in the colours of the Russian flag.

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