How the conflict between Russia and Ukraine affects Formula 1 and other motorsports
Russian driver Irina Sidorkova will not participate in the preliminary testing of the W Series, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain. The female single seat category confirmed the information to the press on Thursday (3).
Irina’s absence is one of the effects of the response to the geopolitical crisis that arose after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on the 24th. Sidorkova was part of the W Series academy and played in five stages of the 2021 season, including reaching a podium in Austria. The pilot’s participation in the 2022 tournament is not guaranteed.
Last Tuesday, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) held an extraordinary meeting and decided that only Russian and Belarusian drivers would be able to compete in championships organized by the neutral flag entity. The AW series is not suitable for this case.
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Irina Sidorkova mentored the W series in 2021 (Image: Twitter)
Early last Wednesday Motorsport UK, the UK’s top motorsport body, ruled that Russian drivers would not be able to compete on British soil. A stage of the W Series takes place in Silverstone, England, on July 3.
The W Series season begins on May 8 with the Miami stage in the United States. The class supports eight Formula 1 events in 2022, ending in Mexico in October.
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