Tag Archive: Ukraine

Oct 11

F1 security unprecedented for Putin visit

Unprecedented security at a grand prix will accompany Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to the inaugural race on Sunday.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 3 F1’s regular television broadcasters have been told that when Putin’s security personnel scramble radio frequencies to prevent potential bombs being triggered, live video images and microphones will possibly go dead temporarily. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 09

Bianchi crash and politics overshadow Sochi preparations

Bernie Ecclestone has argued consistently that F1’s first visit to Russia should not be mixed with the country’s political situation.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 2 F1 has made the 8,000 kilometre trek from Suzuka to the all-new Sochi Autodrom, but many are not in the mood to celebrate the sport’s latest destination. That is not just because the Russian grand prix is controversial in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict, with president Vladimir Putin slated to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 08

Controversial Putin to attend Russia GP

F1 will court further controversy this weekend when Russian president Vladimir Putin oversees the inaugural grand prix at Sochi.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 3 Amid the Ukraine crisis, the MH17 atrocity and tough anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Europe and the US, there had already been calls for formula one to cancel its first race in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 26

Public opposed to Russian GP

“Sport is outside politics and this principle must be observed” – Dmitry Kozak

Autodrome in Sochi Just two weeks before F1 action kicks off at Sochi, the sport’s decision to press ahead with the inaugural Russian grand prix remains highly controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 21

Deputy PM says sanctions won’t stop Russia GP

Russia is pressing ahead with its preparations for next month’s inaugural grand prix in Sochi.

2014-08-13 - Sochi 3 That is despite the highly controversial and divisive Ukraine crisis, the recent MH17 atrocity, and new anti-Russian punitive sanctions by the US and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 04

Colleague says Todt concerned about Russia GP

Jean Todt is concerned about the viability of next month’s inaugural grand prix.

2014-06-14-1001 That is the claim of Ari Vatanen, an FIA official who once stood against Todt for the presidency of F1’s governing body but is now one of his closest allies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 23

Ecclestone sure about Russia, not about New York

“We have a contract”

2014-08-13 - Sochi 3 Bernie Ecclestone insists formula one is definitely going to controversial Russia — but he is much less sure about a race in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 20

F1 world nervous about Russian GP

“It’s not the time to talk about the Russian grand prix.”

2014-07-15 - Sochi Autodrom - photo Igor Chernov 01 It’s being murmured rather than shouted, but the world of F1 is undoubtedly worried about the looming Russian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 18

F1 in shock as plane crash piles doubt on Russia GP

Almost 300 people are dead

The F1 paddock in Hockenheim has joined the rest of the world in shock at the terrible news emerging from violence-torn Ukraine. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20

Race chief says ‘no risk’ of Russia GP axe

There is “no risk” Russia will not stage its inaugural grand prix in October.

Autodrome in Sochi That is the claim of Alexander Saurin, the administration chief of the local Krasnodar territory, and in charge of the resort city Sochi’s post-Olympics plans. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 13

No reason to cancel Russia GP – Todt

“At the moment there is no change to the calendar.  Russia is on”

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin 3 The FIA does not intend to cancel the inaugural Russian grand prix, according to the governing body’s president Jean Todt. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 07

Azerbaijan could replace Russia on 2014 calendar – report

Azerbaijan could be set to make its debut on the F1 calendar much earlier than first expected.

Three equally sized horizontal bands of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centered in the red bandWe reported last week that plans are racing ahead for a street race in the oil-rich former Soviet state’s capital Baku. Bernie Ecclestone had said 2016 was the most likely race date, even though Azerbaijan officials “are talking about 2015”. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 05

Russian GP ‘unrealistic’ amid Crimean crisis

An unofficial asterisk is still hovering above this year’s inaugural running of the Russian grand prix.

Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin Earlier, F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda dismissed suggestions the sport should boycott the Sochi event amid the escalating Crimean crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 06

No return to India in 2015 – Ecclestone

F1 will not be returning to India next year.

Indian Grand Prix The race near New Delhi, having joined the calendar in 2011, is absent from this season’s schedule mainly because of the sport’s issues with the Indian tax situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 16

IRC Prime Yalta Rally day three report

DAY REPORT: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 10 of 13

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeStart UCR 38Yağiz Avci has entered the record books as the first Turkish driver to win a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge since the all-action series begun six years ago following his success on the Prime Yalta Rally in Ukraine today.

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Sep 15

IRC Prime Yalta Rally day two report

DAY REPORT: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 10 of 13

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeProtasov UCR 01Ukraine hero Yuriy Protasov is on track for securing victory on home soil following his sterling performance during the first full day of competition on the Prime Yalta Rally, round 10 of the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

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Sep 14

IRC Prime Yalta Rally day one report

DAY REPORT: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 10 of 13

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengePajunen UCR 10Mikko Pajunen has got his bid for a maiden Intercontinental Rally Challenge victory off to a flying start on the Prime Yalta Rally, round 10 of the all-action series.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 12

Rally Sliven to form part of exciting climax to IRC season six

IRC will make its first visit to Bulgaria from 28-30 September

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeRally SlivenThis year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge is set for a thrilling climax with four events of the all-action series remaining including Rally Sliven, an exciting addition to the IRC schedule for 2012.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 24

Ukraine capital Kiev plans $1bn F1 track

Ukraine capital Kiev is the latest name linked with a future formula one circuit foray.

Flagworld - F1A government official is quoted by the Kyiv Post newspaper as saying the city will spend $1 billion on a 5.2 kilometre track that is set for completion in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 04

The ING Renault F1 Team on the streets of Kiev in Ukraine

An unforgettable event

paddock 9B6167As part of its Roadshow programme, the ING Renault F1 Team is preparing to offer a unique demonstration on the streets of Kiev on the 21st of September: a first for the team in Ukraine.

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