F1 drivers presented a united front ahead of pre-season test in Bahrain to oppose Russia’s invasion of its neighbour, Ukraine, as the humanitarian catastrophe there worsens.
On the eve of the subsequent three pre-season test of the 2022 season, F1 drivers made a strong protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, taking photos and wearing t-shirts with the words ‘No War.’
On February 24, Russia began a significant military attack on Ukraine, resulting in an escalating refugee crisis and harsh sanctions against Russian businesses and institutions.
F1 comes down heavy on Russia
F1 teams, like many other global institutions around the world, have attempted to separate themselves from Russia.
Over the weekend, Haas withdrew Russian driver Nikita Mazepin – whose father Dmitry has deep ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin – and Russian sponsor Uralkali after many days of uncertainty.
The sport’s deal with Russian Grand Prix organizer Rosgonki was also discontinued, ending Russia’s eight-year run on the schedule.
Lewis Hamilton, whose trip to Bahrain was postponed, and Kevin Magnussen, whose comeback to F1 for 2022 was only revealed on Wednesday, were also missing from the group shot.
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