Russian competitors should not be barred from motor racing over the country’s war with Ukraine, former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat has said.
An extraordinary meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council is being held today after Ukraine’s motorsport federation called on it to cut Russia out of international motor racing following its invasion of the country six days ago.
Other global sports have already taken steps against Russia. Its national and club football teams have been barred from competitions including the forthcoming World Cup. The International Olympic Committee, which formally recognises the FIA, yesterday recommended Russian athletes be barred from competitions as well as their Belarusian counterparts, whose country aided the military action.
Kvyat became Alpine’s reserve driver last year after losing his AlphaTauri race seat at the end of 2020. He is due to race in the World Endurance Championship with G-Drive this year.
He urged an end to the conflict in a social media post today. “I really hope for a peaceful solution to this situation in Ukraine, and that we can all live in peace,” said Kvyat. “Hopefully all parties can find a solution by sitting together and through a respectful dialogue.
“It horrifies me to see two brotherhood nations in a conflict. I don’t want military actions and wars to influence the future of humanity, I want my daughter and all children to enjoy this beautiful world.”
However Kvyat insisted it was wrong for sporting organisations to bar Russians from international competitions.
“I also would like to highlight and address all sports federations across the world including [the] IOC that sport should remain outside politics and disallowing Russian athletes and teams from participating in world competitions is an unfair solution and goes against what sport teaches us in its principle – the unity and peace,” he said.
“Who else if not us sports people will help to glue nations together in the upcoming times?”
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