Once the conflict in Ukraine broke out, the motoring world took a clear adverse position towards the invaders, namely the Russia. At first Haas canceled the Russian sponsor Uralkali from its livery in the Barcelona tests, then the FIA stopped the Russian and Belarusian drivers – to whom it will allow to race only as neutrals, and after the signing of a document in favor of peace – and canceled the Sochi race. Finally, the Haas has formalized the breaking of the agreements in place with Uralkali and with the pilot Nikita Mazepin, son of one of the oligarchs closest to Putin, Dmitry. In this way, Formula 1 has eliminated the Russian stage of its calendar, scheduled in Sochi for 2022 and subsequently in the new Igora Drive track that should have entered the Circus in 2023.
But the dynamics that led to the breaking of the existing agreements did not please them organizers and local governors, who commented on the decision as one of the “unreasonable sanctions implemented to please Western politicians”. Alexey Titov, head of promoters of the Sochi event, recently spoke to Match TV: “We have been collaborating with FIA and F1 for a long time. They only gave us 10 hours notice of their decision and we were informed unilaterally without our position being heard “. The first talks with the top motorsport provided for a termination of the contract due to force majeure, but something then changed: “All legal steps taken require additional analysis. There is no point in talking about what we can achieve, but for sure we will work in legal terms because as far as we are concerned what happened was not entirely correct. We will also talk about a refund, because the fee has been partially paid and F1 will have to refund it to us“, Concluded Titov who reassured refunds for those who had already purchased tickets for the race originally scheduled for September 2022.
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