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Russian Grand Prix 2022

Breaking: F1 terminates Russian Grand Prix contract

Formula 1 have released a statement to confirm that their contract to stage the Russian Grand Prix has been terminated.

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Formula 1 have terminated their contract with Russian Grand Prix promoter Rosgonki, bringing Russia's eight-year stay on the calendar to an end.

It comes in response to Russia's ongoing invasion of nearby Ukraine that resulted in the 2022 Russian Grand Prix being initially 'suspended'.

The Russian Grand Prix has been held at the Sochi Autodrom every season since 2014, with the inaugural event won by Lewis Hamilton. The venue became a stronghold for Mercedes, who left with the winner's trophy upon every visit to the circuit, including after a dramatic rain-soaked 2021 race.

Back in 2017, Formula 1 extended its contract to continue racing in Sochi until 2025, as well as securing a long-term deal for title sponsor VTB Group.

But in another move as part of sanctions against Russia and Belarus, it has now been confirmed that the contract with Rosgonki has been terminated.

Russia will "not have a race in the future" say F1

Formula 1 have made their stance clear on the future of the Russian Grand Prix, providing RacingNews365.com with a one-line statement on Thursday morning.

The statement read: "Formula 1 can confirm it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter meaning Russia will not have a race in the future."

It is the latest decision taken by the sport to sanction Russia following a week that has seen a number of sporting organisations turn their back on the country.

Despite calls for a ban on all Russian and Belarusian drivers, Russian driver Nikita Mazepin will be allowed to continue to race this season as a neutral competitor and racing under the flag of the FIA.

But now there will be no home Grand Prix for the 22-year-old with the event seemingly removed from the calendar for good.

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