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F1 2022

Russian karter loses racing licence over alleged Nazi gesture

Teenage karter Artem Severiukhin has faced further repercussions after he was seen making a gesture that was interpreted by many as a Nazi salute.

Russian karter Artem Severiukhin has had his racing licence revoked after being alleged to have made a Nazi gesture on the podium of a European championship event.

The FIA announced on Monday that an immediate investigation had been launched following the incident, which occurred at the opening round of the OK category Karting European Championship in Portugal.

Following this, Severiukhin's team, Ward Racing, condemned the driver's actions and confirmed that his contract with them will be terminated.

Now, Severiukhin - who has been competing under an Italian flag - has had his racing licence revoked by the Italian Automobile Club (ACI).

ACI condemn Severiukhin's gesture

The ACI called for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the incident, and on Tuesday labelled Severiukhin's gesture as "unspeakable and unacceptable".

A statement from the Italian body confirms that the teenager's licence has been revoked.

"Severiukhin has shown a lack of respect not only for the universal values that have always inspired every sport, but also for humanity, dignity and civil coexistence," they added, as well as reiterating that further sanctions have not been ruled out.

Severiukhin apologises for what happened

Earlier on Tuesday, Severiukhin shared a video on social media in which he apologised for the incident, and denied that it was a Nazi gesture.

"Standing on the podium, I made a gesture which many perceived as a Nazi salute," he said.

"It's not true. I have never supported Nazis, and consider it one of the worst crimes in humanity."

Severiukhin added that he would accept punishment, and stated that he had not intended to offend anybody.

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