F1 halts Russian TV deals, F1 TV red flag in Russia » FirstSportz

Russian Grand Prix
Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 has ended its partnership with state-funded Match TV in Russia, and F1TV will no longer be viable in the nation. It follows the termination of the championship contract with the Russian Grand Prix following Russia’s escalating attack on Ukraine, as well as the departure of Nikita Mazepin, the only Russian driver on the grid, due to the termination of the partnership with his previous Team Haas main sponsor Uralkali.

F1 has been a part of unlimited television in Russia since 1991, when the Spanish Grand Prix was shown. “Match TV has been informed of the termination of our contract to cover Formula 1,” said Aleksandr Tashin, the channel’s executive producer. Unfortunately, despite our lengthy fulfillment of all financial and marketing obligations, the 2022 campaign will not air on our network.”

He went on to say that he hopes the numerous motorsport fans in Russia will get a chance to see F1 racing in action, commented by the famous Russian F1 broadcaster Alexey Popov. Russia is actually banned from Codemasters official Formula 1 video game since its downloadable demo Electronic Arts stopped selling products.

More details on F1 showing contempt for Russia

Formula 1 cars on the Russian track
Formula 1 cars on the Russian circuit

SMP Racing, a major Russian racing program, announced today that its racers would be withdrawing from international tournaments in 2022. While these and other nations’ restrictions could potentially make it more difficult for SMP Racing to pay for its racers’ global programs, the company claims the choice was made in response to FIA requirements for Russian and Belarusian individuals wishing to participate.

The criteria were coined by SMP Racing as “unique” and “very brave.” W-Series racer Irina Sidorkova and potential F3 contender Alexander Smolyar, who had already committed to drive for MP Motorsport, are among the racers affected and have therefore been put on hold.

SMP also stated that Sirotkin’s comeback to global motorsport, which he “intends to compete in the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup”, had been disabled. Prior to SMP’s statement, another notable Russian presence in global racing, G-Drive, had declared its withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship, which was scheduled to feature former Red Bull F1 driver Daniil Kvyat.

Also read: “Losing Nikita Mazepin won’t be too detrimental to Haas,” F1 analyst said of the Russian driver’s sacking

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