Formula 1 will not boycott Russian GP says Lauda

An aerial view from a helicopter shows the Olympic Park under construction in the Adler district of the Black Sea resort city of Sochi

Niki Lauda has dismissed suggestions that Formula 1 should boycott October’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Amid the escalating crisis in the Crimean peninsula, it has been suggested that part of the sanctions against Russia’s behaviour should be to scrap the new Vladimir Putin-sponsored Formula 1 race in Sochi.

Even after the Ukrainian situation worsened, president Putin met with Bernie Ecclestone in Sochi and said that the Formula 1 race would be “a bright, beautiful addition” hot on the heels of a successful winter olympics.

When asked if Russia’s sanctions should include a boycott of its grand prix, Mercedes’ Formula 1 Chairman Lauda answered: “That is completely pointless.

“All those responsible have decided that we are [going to be] racing there,” he told German television RTL, “so in this case we have an obligation, and that extends to Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA.” (GMM)

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