Following a unprecedented assembly of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Tuesday, it introduced a raft of measures in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Whereas there had been calls from the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) to bar all Russian opponents from occasions, the FIA elected to not go that far.
In an announcement the FIA stated that it had permitted that: “Russian/Belarusian drivers, particular person opponents and officers to take part in worldwide/zone competitions solely of their impartial capability and below the “FIA flag”, topic to particular dedication and adherence to the FIA’s rules of peace and political neutrality, till additional discover.”
Nonetheless, it has stated that no competitions will happen in Russia or Belarus till additional discover, and no flag, image or anthem of these international locations will likely be allowed at any FIA occasion.
The FIA additionally formally cancelled this yr’s Russian Grand Prix, with the governing physique having the one regulatory authority to formally name off the race below power majeure.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stated: “As you realize, the FIA is watching the developments in Ukraine with disappointment and shock and I hope for a swift and peaceable decision to the current scenario.
“We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our ideas are with all these struggling on account of the occasions in Ukraine.
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-22
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
“I wish to stress that the FIA, along with our promoters, proactively acted on this matter final week and communicated accordingly on the Formulation 1, Formulation 2, WTCR and the Worldwide Drifting Cup.
“An up to date model of the totally different FIA Worldwide Calendars will likely be introduced to the WMSC assembly in Bahrain for approval.”
In addition to the ban on occasions, the FIA has stated that no Russian or Belarusian nationwide groups will likely be allowed to compete in worldwide or zone competitions, such because the Motorsport Games.
Russian and Belarusian members of FIA Commissions may even be required to step down from their roles quickly.
Ben Sulayem added: “I wish to thank the Council members for his or her immediate motion in deciding these measures within 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 household within the nation.
“The measures taken in the present day recognise the authority of the FAU in Ukraine and are additionally aligned with the suggestions just lately made by the Worldwide Olympic Committee.
“We’re in energetic discussions with our members as we proceed to increase our compassion and help of their time of want. We sincerely hope for a peaceable decision to their insupportable hardship.”
The choice to permit Russian drivers to proceed competing implies that Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin just isn’t mechanically pressured out of grand prix racing, along with his destiny on the American-owned workforce now set to be finalised over the subsequent few days.
The Haas squad issued a agency ‘no remark’ when prompted for response to the information of the FIA’s determination on Tuesday evening.