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F1 Cancels Russian Grand Prix Following Invasion Of Ukraine

F1 issued a statement saying it had agreed 'that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix 2021 in Sochi.
Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix 2021 in Sochi. File Photo - AP

Formula One says it is "impossible" to hold a race in Russia later this year following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (More Sports News)

F1 had scheduled a race in Sochi on Sept. 25.

"We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation," F1 said in a statement Friday. 

"Formula 1, (governing body) the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is, including the view of all relevant stakeholders, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances."

Russia pressed its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital Friday after unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending in troops and tanks from three sides.

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