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Ferrari put sponsorship with Russian company on hold

Ferrari have "paused" their sponsorship arrangement with a Russian company following the country's invasion of Ukraine.

Ferrari have confirmed that they will not feature the logo of Russian cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kaspersky on their cars or driver helmets for the foreseeable future. The Italian team have "paused" their sponsorship deal with Kaspersky, as of this week's final pre-season test in Bahrain, meaning the brand will no longer be visible. However, Kaspersky will remain a supplier of Ferrari going forward by continuing to provide the team with anti-virus software. "Ferrari believes that the sports world should send a clear message in support of the Ukrainian people," read a Ferrari statement issued to RacingNews365.com . "Ferrari and Kaspersky have agreed to remove the logos and replace them on the driver helmets with #essereFerrari." Earlier this week, Ferrari announced a donation of one million euros to help Ukrainians in need, with Russia's invasion of the country prompting a mass exodus of refugees.

What about Russian driver Shwartzman?

Ferrari also have Russian driver Robert Shwartzman on their books as a test driver, raising questions over his position going forward. As it stands, Russian and Belarusian drivers are allowed to continue competing in motorsport as neutrals under the 'FIA flag', and subject to various conditions – which include the signing of a 'driver commitment' form . Shwartzman was born in Israel but identifies as Russian, racing under the Russian flag. He placed second in last year's Formula 2 standings, finishing behind only Alpine test and reserve driver Oscar Piastri in the race for the title. The 22-year-old has been kept close by Ferrari and was recently confirmed by the team as their test driver for the 2022 season. RacingNews365.com understands that Shwartzman's future at Ferrari is now under review, with the team considering various options, and a decision is expected in due course.

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