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Ukraine calls for ban on Russian drivers

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28/02/2022

In the wake of Russia's invasion, Ukraine’s motorsport federation, the Automobile Federation of Ukraine (FAU), has called for all Russian drivers to be excluded from FIA-sanctioned events.

The move comes at a time Haas is considering the future of Nikita Mazepin, whose father Dmitry, is title sponsor of the American outfit via his potash company, Uralkali.

FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem had written to the President of the FAU offering his full support, and in response the FAU President, Leonid Kostyuchenko has issued the following:

"Given the current situation, the FAU is preparing a proposal for possible measures of support from the FIA for the post-war period, when all state resources will be directed to recovery.

"At the request of FAU members, we ask you to: prohibit the use of state symbols of the aggressor countries of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus during the FIA and FIA-sanctioned competitions.

"Prohibit the holding of FIA and FIA-authorised competitions on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

"Prohibit RAF [Russian Automobile Federation] and RAF-sanctioned competitions in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

"To exclude from the FIA all members from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus [and] to exclude from the FIA commissions all persons representing organisations from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

"Prohibit holders of all licenses issued by the RAF and BAF from competitions outside the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus."

The FAU's demands aside, Haas has already said that if it opts to drop Mazepin, Pietro Fittipaldi would be his most likely replacement.

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1. Posted by Apexing, 04/03/2022 1:03

"@Ian_W Hell yes, put him in a tank...he could single-handedly take out a Russian division! "

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 03/03/2022 14:22

"@equator180 I don't know where you get your "facts" but according to the Economist in elections held on July 21st Mr Zelenskyi's Party (Servant of the People) gained 254 seats (69%) out of 368. The combined opposition managed 114 or which around 69 are for explicitly pro-Russian parties. Mr Mr Zelenskyi was elected precisely because people were fed up with the oppression of his predecessor, who supported Putin.

I would think that as a result of Vlad the Invader's war, some Opposition supporters have been killed - probably by indiscriminate fire on Civilian populations by Russian armies. Similarly, under Martial Law anyone actively supporting the enemy is likely to be locked-up. Britain initially put lots of German immigrants, including many Jews into camps during the 2nd World War and USA locked-up lots of ethnic Japanese.

I can't see any link with Covid & your comment on this is completely incomprehensible - is English not your 1st language? As has been extensively discussed elsewhere Sport & Politics cannot be untangled no matter how much we wish they could."

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3. Posted by equator180, 03/03/2022 2:31

"Hummm wonder what the opposition in Ukraine has to say about this...oh yes, there is none, they were jailed...the Dickens you say, well what about the press, well it seems the scribes who disagree with the government, well they seem to have vanished, poof gone although a few have actually surfaced, dead. Seems all western media like a good yarn and if it a tear jerker or an underdog fighting, well so much the better. If all believe this propaganda feast don't forget, Russia won! They beat Covid! For two years day in and day out the media was pounding the gospel of the governments of the day on the dangers of Covid, now since Russia went into Ukraine, poof, Covid has disappeared, strange. Sport should not reflect politics, it should be based on human talent not used to reflect on any government."

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4. Posted by Spindoctor, 01/03/2022 19:47

"@Beans. Given F1 was pretty brisk in cancelling Sochi, what could they gave asked for\added? If they'd commented, I expect you'd still have found some "wokery" to lambast them with."

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5. Posted by Beans, 01/03/2022 15:57

"I haven't seen a single word from any of F1's primary virtue signalers, what's up ?"

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6. Posted by Superbird70, 01/03/2022 15:37

"@alvarezh3- 100% are human beings. "

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7. Posted by Tardis40, 01/03/2022 14:41

"Leave politics out of racing"

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8. Posted by alvarezh3, 01/03/2022 14:31

"@Kenji

Furthermore:

Where are the Black life Matters advocates? No need for them to defend de Ukrainians? O wait! 95% of Ukrainians are Caucasians."

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9. Posted by Spindoctor, 01/03/2022 14:17

"Even contemplating the potential "suffering" of a (relative) few Russian sports people in the same breath\sentence\paragraph\Universe as the very real death & suffering of Ukrainians inflicted by the Russian State is obscene.

Irrespective of the moral issues involved, If you wear the flag you also need to shoulder some of the blame."

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10. Posted by kenji, 01/03/2022 12:33

"Ukranian Lives Matter."

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11. Posted by Max Noble, 01/03/2022 12:26

"Moral, Ethical, and Compassionate Compass supply appears to be in short supply when balanced against dollar supply. So sad. so often true."

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12. Posted by ian_w, 01/03/2022 12:06

"You saw how much damage he did in an F1 car. Are you really encouraging him to get into a tank? Or a fuel supply vehicle? OK, maybe a fuel supply vehicle!"

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13. Posted by Wokingchap, 01/03/2022 10:48

"He'll grow up quick if he's sent to the front line to fight, although daddy will buy him out of that too."

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14. Posted by meatball, 28/02/2022 20:20

"Maz needs to be the grown up in the room and take a knee on this. He needs to start being honest about what's happening outside the paddock and admit, though not directly HIS doing, he's best to stand down. Maybe when the dust settles and Russia has worked it's way out of the economic dark ages they are about to enter, he'll get back into a another race seat that daddy buys for him. For now, he needs to go home and talk some sense into crazy uncle Vlad."

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15. Posted by JamesD, 28/02/2022 19:01

"@Superbird70 ... I Want Doesn't Get !"

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