Formula 1 is “closely watching” the escalating crisis in Ukraine but will not comment on the fate of the Russian Grand Prix currently scheduled for September.
Russia has launched a military attack on Ukraine that has been described by Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba as “a full-scale invasion”.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia who has previously been part of the podium presentation at the country’s F1 race, is reported to have warned other countries that they will “face consequences greater than any you have faced in history” if they interfere with his war on Ukraine.
Multiple countries have condemned Putin’s actions and the fate of major international sporting events due to be held in Russia have obviously been called into question.
F1’s Russian Grand Prix is scheduled to be held on September 25.
A statement from the championship read: “Formula 1 is closely watching the very fluid developments like many others and at this time has no further comment on the race scheduled for September.
“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”
There have been suggestions Turkey could replace Russia on the calendar if the race is called off.
Tickets for a 2022 Turkish GP were recently put on sale but this was dismissed by F1 as an administrative error.