Formula One will NOT replace the axed Russian Grand Prix after scrapping it when Putin invaded Ukraine… with bosses cautious of inflicting a logistical nightmare for groups and deciding on a 22-race season
- Formula One will not be changing the axed Russian Grand Prix this season
- The race was scrapped because of Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine
- It was thought organisers had been going to try to discover one other race as an alternative
- But logistical points imply the F1 season will simply be 22 races this time round
Formula One has determined it will not replace the axed Russian Grand Prix in its race schedule this season.
The race, as a result of be held in Sochi in September, was scrapped again in February because of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Just days later, F1 then cancelled its contract with the Russian Grand Prix.
But F1 officers have now determined towards inserting one other race into this season’s calendar amid fears of inflicting a logistical nightmare for groups.
Formula One will not be changing the axed Russian Grand Prix on this season’s schedule
Bernie Ecclestone struck a take care of Vladimir Putin so as to add the Russian GP to the checklist in 2014
It means this marketing campaign will now be a 22-race season as an alternative.
Qatar and Hockenheim in Germany emerged as two potential contenders to replace the Russian race however neither possibility was finally deemed viable.
The Russian spherical was added to the F1 calendar in 2014 after former supremo Bernie Ecclestone struck a profitable take care of Putin.
F1 bosses introduced solely final June that an settlement had been reached to maneuver the Russian spherical to Igora Drive, 40 miles north of St Petersburg, from 2023.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel stated he would boycott the Sochi Grand Prix if Russia was allowed to carry onto the internet hosting rights.
Max Verstappen has received the final two races as he tries to shut down Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc
‘The 2022 Formula One calendar will now run to 22 races slightly than the initially deliberate 23, following the determination to not replace the Russian Grand Prix,’ learn an announcement from F1.
‘It’s now been revealed that there will be no extra Grand Prix added to the calendar to fill the hole – that means the 2022 calendar will run to 22 races.’
Russia was additionally stripped of the Champions League ultimate with European membership soccer’s showpiece event on Saturday, May 28 to now be held in Paris.
The season resumes in Barcelona this weekend with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen of Red Bull already engaged in a detailed battle for the title.
Leclerc at present leads the method with 104 factors whereas Verstappen, the reigning world champion who has received the final two races at Imola and Miami, is second on 85.