FIA: Deprieve the Russian Federation of the right to host Formula One Grand Prix
  • Petitioning Jacob Bangsgaard

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FIA Region I Office, Director General
Jacob Bangsgaard
FIA Region IV Office, President
Sr. Jorge Tomasi Crisci
FIA Marketing Department
FIA Press Office
FIA Mobility Club
British Racing Drivers' Club
Stuart Pringle
European Parliament / Information Office in the United Kingdom, Head of Office
Björn Kjellström
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, President
Jean Todt

FIA: Deprieve the Russian Federation of the right to host Formula One Grand Prix

    1. Petition by

      F1 UA

        We are appealing to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, Formula One Group, GP2 Motorsport Limited, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation, participants of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, GP2 Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, media broadcasters, sponsors as well as fans and other members of motorsport community from all over the world to refrain from supporting and taking part in any international motorsport activity that is organized either alone or jointly with the third party by Russian Federation on its territory.


         Since Ukrainian Government declared the policy aimed at political and economic integration to European Union official bodies of Russian Federation has been deploying political, economic and other measures aimed at destabilizing Ukrainian economy and society. This ended up as a military intervention of Russian army in Ukraine.


        During a well-planned military operation with the armed seizure, which began in February 2014 Russia occupied a part of the Ukrainian territory – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The so-called “referendum” on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation was organized with severe violations of current Ukrainian legislation and was conducted under the pins of guns.


         In the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine sabotage groups sent by Russia and criminals it financially supports tried to destabilize situation, terrorize peaceful population and destroy infrastructure. Since June 20 Russianarmored vehicles have started to cross the Ukraine-Russian border on constant basis. A number of evidential facts, i.e. supply of arms and mercenaries to the Ukrainian territory, militants’ positioning near the Russian border, regular “consultations” of terrorist leaders in Moscow, their attempts to retreat to Russian territory, transfers of the captured Ukrainian military men to Russia prove that Russia continue an undeclared, so-called “hybrid war” against Ukraine.


         The unwillingness of Russian Federation to stop the transfer of mercenaries and military equipment to Ukraine has led to hundreds of deaths among Ukrainian civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, destruction of infrastructure and vital service systems of entire cities.


         On the 17th of July a Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 carrying 298 passengers and 15 crew members for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in the battle-torn east Ukraine region of Donetsk killing everyone who was on board. There is clear evidence presented by Security service of Ukraine as well as U.S. intelligence agencies that it was hit by missile launched either by the Russian military or by pro-Russia separatist rebels.  Moreover there have been other shameless attacks on Ukrainian military and civil aircrafts by the Russian terrorists on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.


         Reports of the UN and OSCE monitoring missions on human rights and national minorities confirm systematic, planned and comprehensive violations of human and civil rights, especially on the national or religious grounds in the occupied Crimea and on the territories that are controlled by Russia-backed terrorists in the east Ukraine. According to the Article 1 of FIA Statute, The FIA shall refrain from manifesting racial, political or religious discrimination in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect. However, the authorities of the Russian Federation use Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix as an international tribune to polish their image of supporters of international terrorism as well as it did during Sochi 2014 Olympic & Paralympic Games.


         In these circumstances and in consonance with the Preamble of FIA Code of ethics FIA has an ethical and moral responsibility to safeguard the integrity and reputation of motor sport worldwide and to protect the image of motor sport and automobile mobility and tourism, and especially that of FIA, from jeopardy or harm as a result of immoral and unethical methods and practices that are used by Russian Federation. In this spirit FIA should cancel the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and other motorsport events under its patronage in the Russian Federation. Moreover, we strongly call on the participants of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, GP2 Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup including drivers, constructors and sponsors, as well as broadcasters and visitors to refrain from visiting and taking part in race weekends that will be hosted by international aggressor.

Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Office, Director General
Sr. Jorge Tomasi Crisci, FIA Region IV Office, President
FIA Marketing Department
FIA Press Office
FIA Mobility Club
Stuart Pringle, British Racing Drivers' Club
Björn Kjellström, European Parliament / Information Office in the United Kingdom, Head of Office
Jean Todt, Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, President
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    1. Statement of F1 UA on the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

      by F1 UA

      Dear Friends!

      When we started our campaign to boycott Russian GP some of us were quite skeptical about its viability. However, we tried to express our concerns and demands as clear as possible. When the number of our supporters started to grow quite rapidly we had a small hope that we can get our voices heard.

      And we got them heard! We were supported by Rebeca Harms, Andreas Umland, other prominent European politicians and civil right activists who are listened to by millions of people. Our voices were heard by Ukrainian and western mass media and we are thankful for their support. We would like to thank those reporters who initiated the debate about the ethical context of having a race weekend in Sochi. We almost reached our goal when European Parliament was considering a full-scale economic blockade of Russia`s finance and economy which implied the call on FIA and FOM to withdraw Russia’s right to host F1 Grand Prix.

      However the first Russian Grand Prix is now a part of F1 history. The events that have taken place on Sunday prove that neither FIA nor FOM or F1 teams have a right to claim that they “don’t get involved in politics” anymore. Mr.Ecclestone has involved F1 into politics when he started to heap praises upon one of the most sanguinary and hated tyrants of modern history. On Sunday Formula 1 has provided a world tribune for this man. We were deeply outraged by the fact that the CEO of FOM Mr. Bernie Ecclestone and the President of FIA Mr. Jean Todt have agreed share the grandstand with the same people that have orchestrated the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russian army and have publicly expressed their support of the crimes that are committed by Russia-backed terrorists and mercenaries in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. We would like to remind Mr.Todt and Mr.Ecclestone as well as other FIA and FOM officials that Russian Federation broke the provisions of FIA`s charter documents.

      F1 UA would like to reiterate that it welcomes efforts of FOM and FIA to expand the number of countries that are given the privilege to host F1 races. Nevertheless we believe that having a race in a country that systematically infringes the rules of International Law, uses its military force to occupy the territories of sovereign states and support international terrorism is inexcusable in the world that has already paid a tremendous price for tolerating the ambitions of modern-day dictators. As we had stated in our petition Russian officials have used Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix as an international tribune to polish their image of supporters of international terrorism. We hope that the participants of FIA Formula 1 World Championship have finally realized it. The position of an ostrich with his head in the sand that F1 teams tend to take up cannot be tolerated by any means anymore.

      Dear Friends! F1 UA will not give up its demand to boycott Russian GP. We strongly believe that Russian Federation is not a place for international motorsport events as long as it provides support and shelter for international criminals, uses its military force, resource potential and financial reserves to heat up military conflicts in the sovereign states that lead to thousands of deaths among local civilians and citizens of noninvolved countries. And we count on your support! We will use every chance, every possibility to make our calls heard and our demands fulfilled and we ask you to do the same.



      F1 UA

    2. Motor racing and politics

      by F1 UA

      With the Russian Grand Prix coming up, the F1 world must again face the question of whether sport should be treated as something unconnected with the real world, or whether it should be treated as an integral part of the political landscape. It is not an easy question to answer because, on the one hand, no one wants sport disrupted; but on the other hand no one wants it to be used for political purposes. And where does one draw the line? One should point out straight away that when a government pays for a race, any race, there is a political agenda. Usually it is about driving business to a city or a region, but sometimes it is about national pride or the promotion of the leader, his party or his politics. Sometimes it also about diverting attention away from truths that the leader does not want his own people to see.

      Ironically, the profiteers always adopt the sporting argument. They say the sport can help cure political problems. Occasionally this can be true, but is fair to say that this is rarer than a French steak. The problem with the argument is that you can hear the ker-ching! of the cash register in the background… Commercial people think commercially and often only in the short term. They do not worry that the sport might be doing itself long-term damage by associating with dodgy or corrupt regimes.
      Money is money and they just love shoveling it into their pockets, not caring if there is a policeman just around the corner.
      On the other hand one has those who argue that a sporting event is a clear signal that those involved accept and condone the government which is paying for there event. They argue that taking part in the Russian Grand Prix is something between collaboration and donning a Russian uniform and marching through Red Square in the Victory Day Parade.

      Much will depend on how much visibility President Vladimir Putin demands, but it would be strange indeed if the President did not show up and take advantage of having the world’s most glamorous, capitalist and televised of sports on Russian soil.

      Politicians love to create events at which they can bask in glory, and sport is a favourite way to do it. Some point to the way in which Adolf Hitler (or at least Josef Goebbels) cleverly politicised the 1936 Berlin Olympics with German medal winners giving the Nazi salute and liberal use of the Swastika, both party symbols rather than being national ones.
      There was very skillful use of propaganda to promote the idea of the Aryan supremacy and the power of Germany, culminating in Leni Riefenstahl’s movie Olympia. At the same time the Games were used to peddle the line that Germany was peaceful and tolerant, which assuredly it was not. The moment the games were done, repression returned.

      Every case is different but my general view is that F1 should be careful not to become part of a political problem, as it did in Bahrain. If a race finds itself caught in a crossfire, it is always going to end up with bullet holes in its trousers. One can say that this country or that country has questionable records on human rights, but if we did that there could be no races because you can find such questions in most countries. It is a minefield and so we have to go ahead and avoid stepping on mines. If it is obvious that there can be trouble for the sport it is best to duck out. Why take a risk when a risk is not required? I understand that most F1 sponsors want to do business in Russia, albeit without the spotlight being shone on the business, but I cannot help but think that F1 has more to lose than it has to gain in Sochi. The FIM, which governs motorcycle racing, showed how it should be done back in the spring when the Ukraine Crisis first began. It immediately cancelled a Superbike race in Moscow but said that the sport would return as soon as the politics were out of the way. It was neat, efficient and little reported. Sadly, F1 does not have a governing body with that kind of political sense, despite employing a string of consultants with fancy CVs. In any case, even if there was some political nous worth having in the federation, it is doubtful there would be the backbone required to tell the commercial people what should be done. The wagon filled with gold is clearly pulling the horse downhill in the FIA world.
      And so I guess that we will march through Red Square, figuratively at least, and the world will deal with us accordingly.

      By Joe Seward. Link:

      Motor racing and politics

      With the Russian Grand Prix coming up, the F1 world must again face the question of whether sport should be treated as something unconnected with the real world, or whether it should be treated as an integral part of the political landscape. It is not an easy question to answer because, on the one hand,...

    3. Has F1 lost the sense of reality?

      by F1 UA

      The whole world has now understood the true intentions of Russia`s Government and seen the real face of Vladimir Putin. Only Mr.Ecclestone together with FOM and FIA keeps praising the people with the blood of Ukrainian citizens and numerous people from all around the world on their hands.
      "(Putin is) Super guy," Ecclestone said. "Trustworthy. He wants to get the race done and he will get it done."

      The silent obedience of F1 teams, and the comments of several team principals are shocking and humiliating! Since when the power of money has overshadowed the common sense and human compassion?

      F1UA welcomes the adoption of European Parliament's resolution on Ukraine and EU-Russia relations, however expresses its deepest disappointment in the decision to remove the paragraph calling to boycott F1 race in Sochi from the motion for a resolution.

      We will keep working to involve as many people as possible to #BoycottRussianGP. We also kindly ask the signatories of our petition to help us in its promotion.

      MFA of Ukraine on Twitter: "The world urges Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine #StopRussianAggression"

      The world urges Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine #StopRussianAggression

    4. On September, 18 European Parliament may call for cancelation of Russian GP

      by F1 UA

      On the 18th of September European Parliament may adopt the resolution on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play of EU- Russia relations (2014/2841(RSP), in which it inter alia calls on the EU to continue, extend and enhance sanctions to achieve a full-scale economic blockade of Russia’s finances and economy, and CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL SPORTING BODIES TO WITHDRAW RUSSIA’S RIGHT TO ORGANISE THE F1 GRAND PRIX IN AUTUMN 2014 AND THE FIFA FOOTBALL WORLD CUP IN 2018.

      The adopted text of the resolution is available at the link:

      Dear friends, F1 UA asks each and every one of you to make every possible effort to spread the abovementioned motion for a resolution and our petition among as vast audience of public officials, businessmen and civil society activists as possible. The victory is in the offing! #BoycottRussianGP

    5. EU sanctions to strip Russia of World Cup and Formula 1 races

      by F1 UA

      EU ambassadors have begun work in Brussels today on drawing up new economic sanctions building measures agreed at the end July and including political moves to hit the Russian President's prestige by stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

      Along with American sanctions, the EU measures, to be agreed by Friday unless Russia withdraws its military, will force President Putin to run his economy on a war footing placing a huge burden on state finances to stave off economic collapse at a time when the Russian rouble is hitting a record low.

      As well as economic measures, the EU is to take tough new political sanctions, first revealed by The Telegraph last week, to ostracise President Putin and to teach him that Russia become a pariah on the international stage unless he stops military intervention in Ukraine.

      "Beside economic measures, thought could be given to taking coordinated action within the G7 and beyond to recommend suspension of Russian participation in high profile international cultural, economic or sports events (Formula One races, UEFA football competitions, 2018 World Cup etc)," said the secret draft paper.

      Senior EU diplomats have reported growing dismay in the Kremlin at the strength of the EU's response which has hardened since the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight on 17 July with the loss of 298 lives.

      By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels.

      F1 UA calls everyone who has signed this petition to keep informing about our initiatve as many people and official authorities as possible.

      EU sanctions to target Russian oil industry and strip Russia of World Cup - Telegraph

      "This extension would significantly increase the burden placed on the Russian state to finance its companies." As well as economic measures, the EU is to take tough new political sanctions, first revealed by this newspaper last week , to ostracise President Putin and to teach him that Russia become a pariah on the international stage unless he stops military intervention in Ukraine.

    6. National governments must advise F1 teams not to visit Russia

      by F1 UA

      Formula One teams will seek advice from their governments on whether to travel to Russia for the inaugural grand prix later this year in light of the escalating crisis with Ukraine.

      Although overall responsibility rests with motor sport's world governing body, the FIA, national governments will certainly have an input.

      F1 will be anxious, though, to avoid the backlash that followed their visit to Bahrain in 2012 despite protests in the Gulf kingdom at the time.

      Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley said: "Criticisms were directed towards the teams and the organisation in going to Bahrain. But we were clearly in line, and in accordance with, British government guidelines. But unless the British government advise otherwise, and from that the FIA and FOM (Formula One Management), then we are obliged to go. We are contracted to go."

      Marussia team principal John Booth added: "Whether we go to Sochi, as with Bahrain over the last couple of years, we'll follow the (British government) guidelines on whether it is safe to travel or not."

      Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams remarked: "We'll listen to the advice given, but ultimately we'll wait for a decision from the FIA."

      Mercedes, British based in Brackley but German owned, have confirmed they too will take the advice of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, along with its German equivalent, Auswartiges Amt.

      Eight out of eleven teams have their headquarters in UK, while Ferrari and Toro Rosso are based in Italy and Sauber is from Switzerland.

    7. MFA of Ukraine P.Klimkin has a question to the organisers of race in Sochi

      by F1 UA

      Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin expresed his concern about the fact, that along with unprecedented international sanctiones against Russia, it has not been deprived from the right to host the 2018 World Cup and Formula 1 race in Sochi.

      Twitter / PavloKlimkin: F1 у Сочі, ЧС 2018 в ...

      F1 у Сочі, ЧС 2018 в Росії. Безпрецедентні санкції проти РФ і 2 свята спорту. У мене виникають запитання до організаторів... А у вас?

    8. Would you visit Formula 1 weekend hosted by neo-nazis?

      by F1 UA

      During the meeting with over one dozen prominent rabbis, including Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Moscow, and Yitzchak Yosef and Israel Meir Lau, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi and former Ashkenazi chief rabbi, respectively Putin spoke out against Holocaust deniers, calling them “not only stupid, but also shameless.” He added: “Unfortunately, just like 70 years ago, this shamelessness often achieves its purposes. After all, [Joseph] Goebbels had said, ‘The more improbable the lie, the faster people believe it.’ And it worked out; he was a talented man.”

    9. Appeal to all the signatories

      by F1 UA

      Dear friends!

      10 days ago a group of Formula 1 fans from Ukraine started a campaign to call international motorsport community to boycott Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix. Since then our petition has reached more than 500 signatures from around the world. And this number keeps increasing every day! We are deeply touched by your support and solidarity.

      Political, economical and social isolation of Russian Federation as a country, that supports international terrorism has significantly deepened. There is a clear understanding that in case of successful military campaign in the east, Russian army will not stop its invasion in Ukraine. Only the astonishing courage and extraordinary self-sacrifice of Ukrainian soldiers keeps Russian soldiers, terrorist groups and mercenaries from moving to the West. In this respect leading international newspapers, prominent politicians and reputable experts have expressed their doubts on the ethical side of having prestigious international events in a country that while infringing the rules of International Law and breaking its international obligations uses its financial and military resources to invade and occupy territories of sovereign countries.

      Having faced accusations of biased attitude and claims that sport should not be mixed with politics, F1 UA would like to point out that prior to the aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine, slaughter of civilian population by Russia-backed mercenaries, acts of terrorism that led to hundreds of deaths among Ukrainians as well as citizens of many other countries, Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix used to enjoy the utmost support among Ukrainian Formula 1 fans. Moreover, we welcome every effort made by FOM and FIA to expand the number of countries that are given the privilege to host F1 race and will be delighted to see Russian GP in the FIA Formula One World Championship® Race Calendar as well as other new stages of the Championship if their host countries will respect International Law, the provisions of FIA regulating documents and basic rules of morality.

      Hence, equally driven by patriotic sentiments and concerns about the reputation of the Queen of motorsport, F1 UA calls everyone who have supported its initiative to use all reasonable diligence to spread the petition and bring it to the attention of as wide audience as possible. Only with joined efforts we can reach our goal!

      Kind regards,

      F1 UA

    10. British MPs demand Russia to be banned from hosting F1 race in Sochi

      by F1 UA

      The situation within the sport is particularly delicate because Malaysian energy company Petronas, title sponsors of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team, have established a £1.8million fund for the families of the 298 victims of the disaster.

      Senior team figures privately told Sportsmail that they are uneasy about going to a race linked so closely with Putin, who is suspected of supplying pro-Russian militants with the surface-to-air missiles that shot down the plane.

      Conservative MP David Davis, a former foreign minister, said: “Whilst I’m not particularly in favour of cancelling sports events at the drop of a hat, here you’ve had the murder of 298 citizens. It can’t conceivably be defended as a reasonable act of war, and therefore I think that Formula One should reflect that.”

      Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dems’ former foreign affairs spokesman, said: “There will have to be an assessment of the suitability of this race nearer the time to decide whether it should be held. Public opinion all over the world will find it difficult to accept Mr Putin taking all the plaudits for this grand prix in Russia.”

      Ecclestone, however, is insistent that the race should go ahead, having signed up the Russians on a five-year deal worth an estimated £120million.
      Putin personally invited Ecclestone, a friend since the idea of a race in St Petersburg was mooted a decade ago, to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

      Ecclestone said: “I don’t see any problem with going. We are not involved in politics. We have a contract with them. We’ll respect it 100 per cent and so will Mr Putin, I’m sure. He’s been very supportive.”

      The FIA, the sport’s governing body, are keen not to get dragged into the dispute, citing their charter to be non-political.

      A spokesman said that while they were “awake to the situation” they did not “want to mix politics and sport.”

      By Simon Tomlinson and Jonathan Mcevoy. This material has been initially published on Mail Online (

      Bernie Ecclestone refuses to cancel the Russian Grand Prix

      Russian leader faces calls for sanctions over support for rebels in Ukraine Pro-Moscow separatists accused of killing 298 in Malaysia Airlines disaster Football could be used to pressure Putin to change his practices' Leaders also want Russia to be stripped of Sochi Grand Prix in October F1 b oss Bernie Ecclestone says he will '100%' honour deal to stage race By Simon Tomlinson and Jonathan McEvoy Vladimir Putin today faced growing calls for Russia to be banned from hosting the World Cup and Formula One races after the shooting down of MH17.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Bernie Ecclestone has no concerns about the Russian GP

      by F1 UA

      Some F1 sponsors – such as Malaysia’s Petronas – might have concerns about being seen to support the race, but Ecclestone does not anticipate any issues.

      “I don’t see any problems with that,” he said when asked by Adam Cooper. “Were they [Russia] in the World Cup or not? You would have thought people would have tried to stop it, wouldn’t you? Like I’ve said, we don’t get involved in politics. We have a contract with them, which we know they will respect. And we will do the same.”

      Asked if Putin’s close involvement with Sochi would draw attention he said: “Not as far as I’m concerned, personally. We shouldn’t speculate as to what could happen. We will honour our contract. Mr Putin personally has been very supportive and very helpful, and we will do the same.”

      After Adam Cooper. This material has been initially published on Adam Cooper's F1 Blog (

      Bernie Ecclestone: No doubts over Russian GP after MH17 tragedy

      Bernie Ecclestone says he has no concerns about the Russian GP in the light of the MH17 tragedy. While Ecclestone and the FIA have always insisted that motor sport is not affected by politics, it seems inevitable that in the coming weeks the international spotlight will fall upon the Sochi race, and indeed any other...

    13. FIM called off World Superbike Championship round in Russia

      by F1 UA

      Motorcycle racing's governing body, the FIM, decided to to call off a World Superbike Championship round due to take place at Moscow Raceway in September.

      The FIM said that its decision not to race in Russia was directly related to the situation in the Ukraine.

      A statement issued last month said: "The current political situation affects the capabilities of a number of key partner companies essential to run the event."

      In his statement FIA president Jean Todt said: "I am comfortable with what the FIM is doing, sure, but at the moment we don't have any reason to reconsider any race we have on the calendar.

      We speak to people who are involved with all that, but at the moment we have nothing that should change the running of the calendar."

      In a repeat of the situation F1 faced in Bahrain a few years ago, when political troubles there cast doubt on whether or not the event should happen, teams say that they will race there if the FIA and governments say it is safe to do so.

      After Jonathan Noble. This material has been initialy published on (

    14. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • claire banks PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 days ago

      Putin has blood on his hands and bullies his neighbours, he is a thug who allows no press or internet freedom as he is afraid of his own people

    • Brian Siebert AUSTRALIA
      • 9 days ago

      Putin is a killer

    • Clive Hill-Archer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 days ago

      Commercial considerations should not have ascendancy over ethical and moral ones, and Putin has been in breach of international law and caused so many innocent and unnecessary deaths.

    • Sergio Pineiro LITTLETON, MA
      • 12 days ago

      They are bullying other UN members.

      • 16 days ago

      i am losing my faith in humanity if somebody is able to blow 300 people out of the sky and the world doesn't even care anymore...


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