In new conditions laid out by the FIA amid the conflict, Russians are only allowed to participate in races if they renounce their country’s aggression in Ukraine.
Kvyat, 27, who was due to represent G-Drive, has now been left in an awkward position as the team leader Roman Rusinov, who is also Russian, has announced on Instagram that he is withdrawing from the competition because he refuses to accept the conditions set by motorsport’s governing body.
The 40-year-old wrote a lengthy post on Instagram explaining his decision to not agree with the FIA’s ‘Neutrality and Peace Commitment’ document.
“Today, I, the driver of the Russian G-Drive Racing team, refuse to accept the discriminatory conditions of the FIA,” Rusinov began.
“The goal of each athlete is to hear the anthem of their country on the podium.
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