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The 2022 Russian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2022) was originally scheduled to be the 17th race of the 2022 Formula One season, held between September 23 and September 25 2021. It was cancelled due to an outbreak of war between Ukraine and Russia.


Background[]

On February 25, the last day of the 2022 Barcelona Test, F1 announced the cancellation of the race due to it being "impossible" to race in Russia "in the current circumstances".[1] The race's promoter suggested that if the tensions eased, the race may go on as planned, but this is highly unlikely due to the optics for the Formula One brand.[2]

Sebastian Vettel was one of the first and most vocal to speak to the press about this. Here's a quote from his interview:

"I think it’s horrible to see what is happening."

"Obviously if you look at the calendar, we have a race scheduled in Russia. For myself, my own opinion is I should not go, I will not go."

"I think it’s wrong to race in that country. I’m sorry for the people, innocent people who are losing their lives, getting killed for stupid reasons under a very strange and mad leadership."
Sebastian Vettel, director of GPDA and driver for Aston Martin

References[]

  1. F1 calls off Russian Grand Prix following Ukraine invasion, accessed on 25 Feb 2022 (motorsport.com)
  2. Sochi promoter claims Russian F1 GP could still go ahead, accessed on 25 Feb 2022 (motorsport.com)
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