As Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, the FIA is holding a meeting today to discuss its options on banning Russian drivers from international racing after Ukraine’s motorsport governing body calls for this to go ahead. Now, ex-F1 driver Daniil Kvyat has called for Russian athletes not to be banned as he releases a statement to his social sites.
Russian and Belarusian athletes around the world will potentially be barred from competing after a recommendation from International Olympic Committee. The FIA falls under the IOC and is now looking at its options.
But as this happens, Kvyat has released his thoughts on what’s going on:
“I really hope for a peaceful solution to this situation in Ukraine, and that we can all live in peace.
“Hopefully all parties can find a solution by sitting together and through a respectful dialogue.
“It horrifies me to see two brotherhood nations in a conflict.
“I don’t want military actions and wars to influence the future of humanity. I want my daughter and all children to enjoy this beautiful world.
“I also would like to highlight and address all sports federations across the world including IOC that sport should remain outside politics and disallowing Russian athletes and teams from participating in world competitions is an unfair solution and goes against what sport teaches us in its principle – the unity and peace.
“Who else if not us sports people will help to glue nations together in the upcoming times?”
Kvyat, Russia’s most successful F1 driver yet, is currently scheduled to compete in the World Endurance Championship later this season under the Russian G-Drive LMP2 team. But under the F1, he’s received 3 podium finishes and has come 7th in the driver’s championships during his best year.
Let us know whether you think this is the right call? Is politics intruding on motorsport too much, or is this a necessary evil? Let us know in the comments.