By on February 25, 2022

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Russia invaded Ukraine this week, and the geopolitical situation is making it difficult to hold international sporting events in Russia, for reasons that should be obvious.

This means that the Russian Grand Prix has been dumped from the 2022 slate.

F1 organizers, the FIA, and race teams met and decided that as things stand now, it’s “impossible” to hold the race, though the door was left open for the event to take place if the situation changes.

The race isn’t scheduled to occur until late September, and it was slated to be run in Sochi. If the situation improves and the race still takes place, it will be one of 23 for F1 — a record.

This follows the news that Haas Racing has decided to remove the livery of its Russian sponsor, Uralkali, from its cars. Haas is also reviewing the sponsorship deal — and a major shareholder in Uralkali is helmed by the father of Haas driver Nikita Marzepin.

We’ll see what happens with Haas. As for us, well, we’re not geopolitical experts (except when it applies to this industry, of course), but given what we’ve seen in the news these past two days, we wouldn’t be booking race tickets and flights to Sochi in September.

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47 Comments on “Russian Grand Prix Off the Grid, At Least For Now...”


  • avatar
    kcflyer

    It’s not just sports in jeopardy. That great statesman John Kerry is worried this invasion could set back the climate change agenda, and oh yeah, get people killed.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Lurch is Bismarck compared to Secy Blinker fluid.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      “ That great statesman John Kerry is worried this invasion could set back the climate change agenda, ”

      This installed administrations priorities are so backwards it’s nauseating. While Russia was preparing for war our military was making sure the correct pronouns were being used and teaching about inclusion.

      Now, their biggest concern is what it will do to the climate. From the guy that uses a private jet to travel the world to tell people THEIR carbon footprint is too big.

      And they wonder why nobody takes them seriously

      • 0 avatar
        Ol Shel

        Sounds like you admire Russia. And you’re saying that the US military isn’t prepared to fight. That’s insulting. You’ll say anything to make your political point.

        You seem to forget that people who specialize in specific policy and goals look at events in the context of their work. Because you oppose a cleaner environment, you say that others shouldn’t have their own thoughts and concerns.

        SAD!

        • 0 avatar
          MitchConner

          It was an incredibly idiotic statement that should’ve prompted Kerry’s immediate dismissal.

          There’s a time and place for everything. Worrying about the emissions caused by an invasion when innocent men, women, and children are dying is nothing short of moronic.

          Then again, our president has the equivalent of a cat box that needs to be scooped in his skull so it’s par for the course with this embarrassment of an administration.

          As for our response, Iran has been under sanctions for 45 years — and its government still does what it pleases. If their public gets fed up — they’re jailed or killed. They don’t work. As long as Putin has steak and Cabernet for dinner — he could care less if everyone else starves.

          We needed to get into Ukraine before the Russians — but the Europeans couldn’t be bothered. Frankly, Germany should be punished for their lousy attitude towards NATO along with all the other members who have shirking their responsibilities for decades.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I largely agree until this point:

            “We needed to get into Ukraine before the Russians”

            I simply ask, why? Why do I, an American, care about this country? “Getting into Ukraine” is aggressive, didn’t we waste enough money and lives “getting” into Iraq and Afghanistan? Do we need a trifecta of death and failure with a side of threat of nuclear apocalypse? I say f**k you to Brandon the warmonger, just as I say f**k you to Obama the warmonger whose State Dept. overthrew the elected gov’t of Ukraine in 2014 through the Euromaidan coup to set up the events of today. Oh and a f**k you to Putin as well but of the three of them he is the only one whose actions are justified. The Soviets consider Ukraine their sphere of influence, HAVE AT IT. Our nation “brought democracy” and f**ked up enough other countries, but suddenly you stand up and salute the flag when DC psychopaths tell you “Russia bad, Ukraine good” but oh no we didn’t start and fund a proxy war in the Donbass for eight years prior. Look in the mirror people if you want to see the real problem. After all of the lies about Iraq, I really thought there would be some remembrance.

          • 0 avatar
            MitchConner

            @28 Russia and China are now tag team enemies of the west. Putin is an egomaniacal fool. He wants to rebuild the USSR. China is playing him by providing a ready market for his oil and gas and backing his invasion. But here’s the thing. China needs food. The world needs food. Ukraine, which is the size of Texas, is a major, major food supplier to the world. Barley, sunflower oil, potatoes, corn, and numerous other staples. It’s staggering. Like California’s Central Valley, which is drying up, but larger.

            While the west thinks in terms of quarters and years, China’s thinking decades and centuries. China knows Russia will eventually implode. China will eventually have a military far superior to Russia and possibly our own — and if relations break down, will be prepared to overpower that bunch of drunks for their energy and food.

            That’s why the west needed to get in first. Am I saying the US needed to lead the way and blow a trillion dollars on some idiotic incursion into Iraq or Afghanistan? No. Europe needed to step up — but, as usual, the lousy Germans just shot their stupid mouths off while Norway, Sweden, Finland, and a bunch of others just sat back and tut tutted at Putin while the French thought they could negotiate with that lunatic.

            Getting in would’ve stuffed Putin and his delusional ambitions while giving the finger to China’s long term strategy. Unfortunately, Europe is run by people as naive and downright stupid as California and just sat around drinking their espresso while a major strategic asset was given away.

          • 0 avatar
            bullnuke

            “We needed to get into Ukraine before the Russians”. Exactly who is “we”? Are you willing to put on your Kevlar holding your pop-gun and charge in there to kill some “commie” bast**ds or do you want some sad-sack grunt who joined for future education benefits to do the slog? This is Eastern Europe; read a bit of history – the culture of the area goes back many centuries and is much, much more a driver of the issues than the current oil and gas investments of the West which many folks in this country seem to deem important. Not our circus, not our monkeys. I’m sure you will be able to score airline tickets to get into the general area – there are probably AK’s lying around over there for you.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          We are plenty prepared to fight ol’Shel. It would be refreshing to fight a war frankly without your side harassing us for killing babies and being war criminals for a change. You going to join up for this one or will you be reprising your armchair general role like.the last 2 decades?

          • 0 avatar
            Ol Shel

            Every time your side kills babies, I promise I will harass you.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            We weren’t killing any babies. You go ahead and justify your vile behavior however you’d like.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @Art: Blaming those out in the field is rarely correct. Their view and attitude and actions are primarily determined by what they can see and hear and feel. Unfortunately a great many good men over millenia have been sacrificed for ‘bad causes’. WWI was quite unnecessary. A war fought for access to markets. Which is why the ‘ruling class’ feared another Christmas Truce. They believed that their troops might actually ban together and turn on them. There have been many other wars fought due to the ego of an autocrat, for capital, etc. Each time the public has been assured that it was for ‘the national good’.

            Is the independence of Ukraine worth the global nuclear war that Putin has threatened? Unfortunately no. Ukrainians will have to return to their Russian overlords for the near future. But Putin will not live forever.

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        The trolls have checked in at the top of the comments again. I wonder how they feel, now that their paychecks (in rubles) have dropped in value by more than 30%?

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      I had to fact-check that when I saw it and it is true. He actually said that. Like WTF. Talk about out of touch! Hey John, maybe you should call puta and see if he’ll switch to fair trade organic certified gunpowder. Even better, take a walk down the hill to the MGB ER and ask for a cognitive evaluation. This is what is called self-parody.

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    Putin never gave me a wedgie, blow his grass clippings onto my lawn, or double-dip his chip at my house… so why are we mad at him? /S

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    Ban all involvement in sports by LUKOIL and avoid their retail sales too.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Ronald Reagan has to be turning in his grave. The onslaught against our Constitution and now this. Putin wants the USSR back. And I’m sure he is looking forward to seeing the sleepy man at the helm replaced with his puppet in 2024. The future looks bleak. Churchill was right. We should have finished them off when it would have been easier.

    • 0 avatar
      ScarecrowRepair

      Putin doesn’t know his own history.

      * Stalin insisted that Ukraine and Belorus SSR be admitted to the United Nations as founding independent states. His claim that Ukraine is a figment of Western imperialism designed to break up Russia is utter nonsense.

      * Khrushchev transferred Crimea to the Ukraine SSR from the Russian SSR in 1954. Putin’s claim that Crimea belongs to Russia is utter nonsense.

      * Putin agreed to honor the 1991 borders after the USSR dissolved into independent states, in exchange for Ukraine giving up its USSR nuclear weapons.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    Meanwhile on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other instruments of the Democrat National party Putin’s propaganda is running free. I’m sure the citizens of Ukraine are resting easier knowing those same outlets have stifled the mean words of the former U.S. President. Maybe if Kamala is elected in 2024 Putin can reclaim the entire former Soviet Empire. By then I’m sure all his tanks and troop carriers will run on clean energy.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      It’s weird. You get kicked off social media of you (correctly) say masks don’t work but if you support a tiny d*ck sub human like Putin or Trudeau, then you are welcomed with open arms (facts be damned).

    • 0 avatar
      MitchConner

      Those are all San Francisco Bay Area based platforms. Those people all think they’re smarter than everybody else — but the truth is they’re nothing but a bunch of lunatics with ideals based on hope and fantasies.

      I watched the tech sector attract all kinds of nitwits to the Bay Area and wreck it. Good grief, look at Eric Swallwell. A complete moron voted in by complete morons. Glad I’m gone from that miserable place.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Having visited Chernobyl in 2019, I have to ask: Why would Russian want *that* back? Ukraine has been dealing with that turd for 30+ years.

    Besides the gray Soviet-era flats that remain in much of Kiev, Chernobyl is a stark example of the failure of the Soviet system. The locals have no kind words for Russia, and speaking Russian in some restaurants would earn you a scowl.

    I’m not a very experienced international traveler, but I’ll say that Ukraine was the racially whitest country I’ve ever seen. I didn’t see a person of color for 4 days after arriving. That was weird.

    • 0 avatar
      Stanley Steamer

      There’s been a radiation spike detected in the area just from the tanks stirring up the soil.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      It is a direct route to Kiev. You are shocked that Putin doesn’t care if his Soldiers get a little radiation on the way? You’d be shocked at your own Army’s antics sometimes. Agent Orange for example. Depleted Uranium…the list goes on.

      The fact of the matter is that the objective is more.important than the Soldier. This is a universal truth no matter who’s uniform you find yourself wearing.

      I once found some.old Artillery manuals cleaning out a closet after getting in trouble early in my career. Among them were tables.for.calculating how long Officers could expect their men to be combat effective after ordering them into a zone that had experienced a recent nuclear detonation.

      War ain’t summer camp.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    You guys need to stop the bickering and pray that Slavuta is OK. His absence in these threads combined with that of the other pro Moscow trolls tells me that the invasion is not going well and Putin has sent them forward.to the front.

    I’m sure he’ll be OK though…what with his experience eating soup with the Taliban and all.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      If anything happens to Slavuta, the Russians will just replace him with another troll, probably someone younger.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        I still don’t think he was a professional. Just an amateur reading a lot of russian language newspaper propaganda.

        A lot of Ukrainians that were pro-russian flipped and are now shooting at them. Who knows. I’m assuming he went back home to western/central Ukraine.

        Right now it’s a bunch of teenage conscripts that don’t want to fight vs. an entire Kalashnikov armed population fighting for their homeland. I think it’s also showing that tanks are now obsolete. On top of that, the reactive armor on the T-72s seems to take out other vehicles in the convoy when it gets hit.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I thought Comrade Slavuta was leading the charge in his own tank. Maybe the Russian Grand Prix is still on it’s the charge of the tank brigade.

  • avatar
    macmcmacmac

    If you had “gone in” to Ukraine it would have been nuclear from the get go.

    Face it, Putin has all the aces this time. If the Russians had been given the minimal security guarantees they sought none of this would be happening. Ukraine discussing acquiring nukes was the trigger. The Chernobyl RBMK was designed to produce weapons grade plutonium. At the very least enough waste was probably available to make some dirty bombs. There is also a natural reluctance to stir up the fallout still in the ground with munitions.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    As some have noted, I have long believed that there were more than one Slavutas based on how at different times the grammar, syntax, vocabulary and yes the ‘back stories’ posted under that user name have differed.

    Yes, the governments/leaders of the USA instead of ‘assisting’ Russia when the Soviet Empire collapsed and treating Russia as an ‘equal’ instead treated Russia like a defeated enemy. They disregarded the almost pathological fear that Russians have of invasion from the West, and their centuries long obsession with ‘dominating’ the other Slavic nations.

    We know that Putin views the fall of the Soviet Empire as the greatest disaster in modern history. And that he sought to restore it.

    Russia is an economic pygmy. Despite its size and resources its GDP is roughly equivalent to Spain. The standard of living and life expectancy in Russia is that of a 2nd world nation. So the Russian government tries to offset this with tales of Russian military might and how other nations are ‘scared’ of Mother Russia. Due to its nuclear arsenal Russia demands respect as a ‘super power’ despite its economic weakness.

    Putin has gone to the Dictators Handbook using the old Sudetenland tactic.
    As a student of history he knows that Russia has used dissent in the west to invade its neighbours. Suez/Hungary. 1968 riots & assassinations/Czechoslovakia. Iran Hostages/Afghanistan.

    Putin was afraid that as Ukraine ‘westernized’ it would serve as an example to the citizens of Russia and demonstrate that rather than being indispensable the ‘strong man’ actually harms the nation by restricting freedoms and enriching himself, his family and his cronies at the expense of the general population. That the nation and its people become nothing but pawns for his ego. And now he has threated global nuclear war rather than ‘looking weak’.

    The importance of a free media, independent judiciary, and a legal political opposition have been demonstrated in Russia. Notice how quickly and violently protesters have been dealt with. How the Russian media has been told what to say. And how Putin has lied about historical fact.

    What the events of the past week also demonstrates is that Russian ‘troll farms’ have been impacting the conversation on much of social media. And that a great many have been deluded/corrupted by this campaign of misinformation.

    Ukraine will unfortunately once again be sacrificed. Found not worth a global nuclear war. Its leader will probably perish or be imprisoned. While the ‘strong man’ Putin remains safe in Moscow and distanced from others for fear of the same virus that his troll farms keep repeating never existed.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      They have AI that can decipher who’s behind posts. 2 separate research groups identified 2 people who created Q Anon based upon writing styles. It’s like fingerprints.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    @Arthur:
    “They disregarded the almost pathological fear that Russians have of invasion from the West…”

    That’s the problem – the fear IS pathological, and it’s completely irrational. What, Germany’s going to restage Operation Barbarossa? Whatever.

    If “the West” – meaning, the U.S. – had wanted to invade Russia, then there was a perfect opportunity to do so – 77 years ago, in 1945, when they had a massive army at the ready in Germany, and a little thing called the “A-bomb”. It didn’t happen then because the U.S. had no desire to take over Russia. It still doesn’t.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      The USSR and communism was a convenient foil for the USA. They used them as an excuse to set up bases all over the world and meddle in the affairs of multiple nations all to enhance US interests.
      The risk Russia now poses is in Putin’s wet dream of recreating the USSR. If he didn’t have nukes he’d already have been blown off the face of the earth by western nations.
      He wants Ukraine and Crimea for access to an all season more southern Ocean Port.

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