In the round-up: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine casts doubt over September’s race in Sochi.
International sports events in Russia at risk over Ukraine
The event, due to take place on 25th September, falls three months after the UEFA Champions League final in June, which was the subject of parliamentary discussion after Britain announced its sanctions yesterday. British prime minister Boris Johnson said it is “inconceivable that major international football tournaments can take place in Russia after… the invasion of a sovereign country.” The secretary of state for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nadine Dorries, added she had “serious concerns about the sporting events due to be held in Russia.”
The Russian Grand Prix joined the F1 calendar in October 2014, eight months after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which also led to sanctions against the country. American president Joe Biden said yesterday he would “impose sanctions in response far beyond the steps our allies and partners implemented in 2014.”
This year’s Russian Grand Prix is due to be the last at the Sochi Autodrom before the event moves to the Igora Drive circuit outside St Petersburg.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner, whose team is sponsored by Russian fertilizer producer Uralkali, said this month he was prepared to “deal with” the consequences of any sanctions which could affect them.
Tsunoda struggled to regain confidence after Imola crash
Yuki Tsunoda has said that although he was pleased to end his rookie season on a high, “I was really struggling in the first half of the season in terms of confidence [that] I lost after the Imola crash in round two.
Tsunoda said that in the end he “managed to bring back that confidence” and that he hoped 2022 would be “even better still,” after ending 2021 still “not 100 percent.”
“I learnt last year,” he said, saying that confidence had been an issue in his prior single seater career, “I was not having this topic until last year, I didn’t even struggle much in the past four years. Last year I really struggled and it was very hard to bring it back and the confidence I lost.”
Kush Maini joins MP Motorsport for Formula 3
Kush Maini has announced he will drive for MP Motorsport in F3 this season, completing the team’s line-up alongside Caio Collet and Alexander Smolyar. Maini has previously competed in regional F3, coming 11th in the F3 Asia championship in 2021 and second in British F3 in 2020.
Confirmed F3 drivers for 2020
|Prema||Oliver Bearman||Arthur Leclerc||Jak Crawford|
|Trident||Jonny Edgar||Zane Maloney||Roman Stanek|
|ART||Gregoire Saucy||Juan Manuel Correa||Victor Martins|
|Hitech||Isack Hadjar||Kaylen Frederick||TBA|
|Van Amersfoort||Reece Ushijima||Rafael Villagomez||Franco Colapinto|
|MP||Alexander Smolyar||Caio Collet||Kush Maini|
|Campos||Pepe Marti||Hunter Yeany||David Vidales|
|Carlin||Zak O’Sullivan||Brad Benevides||TBA|
|Jenzer||Ido Cohen||William Alatalo||TBA|
|Charouz||Laszlo Toth||Francesco Pizzi||TBA|
Indy 500 veteran Rager dies aged 73
Nebraskan driver Roger Rager, who participated in the 1980 Indianapolis 500 using an engine block from an old school bus, qualifying 10th, died on February 16th, 2022. He was 73.
Rager had only retired from driving competitively as recently as 2009 and was the only driver to win races at Knoxville Raceway in five different decades.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Oh it’s my day today✌️22/2/2022
— 角田裕毅/Yuki Tsunoda (@yukitsunoda07) February 22, 2022
New year, new season… new paddock! Paddock renovation first phase… completed! ✅
A new Circuit gets underway! 👍 pic.twitter.com/LvuZ46PR11
— Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (@Circuitcat_eng) February 22, 2022
Also I wanna give a big shoutout to @design_bink. Bink has created hundreds of designs that I could show to potential sponsors. Not only that he also designed my helmets website posters merchandise, everything!
Thanks mate, proost! 🥂To another year of working together😉👊
— Richard Verschoor (@R_Verschoor1) February 22, 2022
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