The FIA has confirmed Russian drivers are allowed to continue competing in international motorsport events following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council discussed the matter in an extraordinary meeting earlier today. Afterwards it confirmed in a statement Russian competitors will only be allowed to compete in international motorsport if they do so in a neutral capacity under the flag of the sport’s governing body.
The same applies to drivers from Belarus, whose country helped to facilitate the invasion by Russia. Competitors from the two countries will be required to make a “specific commitment and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality, until further notice”.
The FIA also confirmed national symbols, colours and flags relating to the countries may not be displayed on the uniform, equipment or cars of competitors.
The FIA’s announcement means Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin can continue to compete in the series. Haas declined to comment following the FIA announcement.
The International Olympic Committee, which formally recognised the FIA 10 years ago, yesterday recommended Russian and Belarusian athletes be barred from competitions.
The FIA also confirmed no international events will be held in Russia or Belarus “until further notice”. The cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, which was due to take place in September, was ratified “for reason of force majeure”.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said the governing body “stand in solidarity with Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine (FAU) and the wider FIA family in the country.”
“The measures taken today recognise the authority of the FAU in Ukraine and are also aligned with the recommendations recently made by the International Olympic Committee.
“We are in active discussions with our members as we continue to extend our compassion and support in their time of need. We sincerely hope for a peaceful resolution to their intolerable hardship.”
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FIA statement following extraordinary meeting of WMSC
In his opening remarks to the meeting, the FIA President said: “As you know, the FIA is watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and I hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation. We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and our thoughts are with all those suffering as a result of the events in Ukraine. I would like to stress that the FIA, together with our promoters, proactively acted on this matter last week and communicated accordingly on the Formula 1, Formula 2, WTCR and the International Drifting Cup. An updated version of the different FIA International Calendars will be presented to the WMSC meeting in Bahrain for approval.”
In accordance with the International Olympic Committee recommendations, council members approved the following decisions to be implemented with immediate effect:
Competitions organized on the territory of Russia and Belarus
No international/zone competition to take place in Russia and Belarus, until further notice
No flag/symbol or anthem of Russia/Belarus to be used in international/zone competitions, until further notice
Drivers, competitors and officials
No Russian/Belarusian national teams to participate in international/zone competitions (e.g. FIA Motorsport Games), until further notice.
Russian/Belarusian drivers, individual competitors and officials to participate in international/zone competitions only in their neutral capacity and under the ‘FIA flag’, subject to specific commitment and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality, until further notice.
No Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colours, flags (uniform, equipment and car) – should be displayed or anthems should be played at international/zone competitions, until further notice.
FIA Elected officers/Commissions’ members
Representatives from Russian/Belarusian FIA Members to step aside temporarily from their roles and responsibilities of elected officers/commissions’ members*
No FIA grant to be awarded to the Russian/Belarusian FIA Members, until further notice*
No existing FIA grant funding will be paid to the Russian/Belarusian FIA Members*
*Subject to the approval of the World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism
FIA International Sporting Calendar
Upon proposal of the F1 Commercial Rights Holder, cancellation of the 2022 Russian F1 Grand Prix for reason of Force Majeure.
The FIA President added: “I want to thank the Council members for their prompt action in deciding these measures in the interests of sport and peace. We stand in solidarity with Leonid Kostyuchenko, the President of the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine (FAU) and the wider FIA family in the country.
“The measures taken today recognise the authority of the FAU in Ukraine and are also aligned with the recommendations recently made by the International Olympic Committee. We are in active discussions with our members as we continue to extend our compassion and support in their time of need. We sincerely hope for a peaceful resolution to their intolerable hardship.”
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