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F1 drivers support UNICEF appeal for Ukraine

F1, its teams and its drivers are supporting an initiative by UNICEF to help people affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine.

All 20 F1 drivers are supporting an appeal to raise awareness of the work of UNICEF in Ukraine, the sport revealed on Sunday.

F1 and teams have made a 'generous donation', the sport added, without specifying a figure.

Several teams have already committed to supporting either UNICEF or other charities, with Ferrari donating one million euros to those in need.

F1 has severed all official ties with Russia following the country's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, which has sparked widespread condemnation.

F1 drops Russian GP, Haas drop Mazepin

The Russian Grand Prix's contract has been cancelled, while the country's broadcast deal and F1TV privileges have been terminated.

Russia's Nikita Mazepin, who had been set to drive for Haas in 2022, lost his seat shortly after the invasion, with Haas also removing title sponsorship from Uralkali, owned by Mazepin's father Dmitry, who is thought to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both Mazepins have subsequently been sanctioned by the EU and the United Kingdom.

More than three million people have fled Ukraine in search of refuge overseas, in what has become Europe's fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

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