The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves through the world in almost all walks of life - and Formula 1 is no exception.
The 2022 Russian Grand Prix is scheduled for September 25 at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi. But amid the invasion, there is mounting pressure to scrap the event entirely.
Reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen has openly called for the event to be canceled until the invasion ends. "When a country is at war, it is not right to race there," Verstappen said, via the BBC.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, now racing for Aston Martin, has taken it a step further. Vettel recently stated openly that he will be boycotting the Russian Grand Prix this year if it takes place.
“My own opinion is I should not go, I will not go,” Vettel said. “I think it’s wrong to race in the country. I’m sorry for the innocent people that are losing their lives, that are getting killed (for) stupid reasons and a very strange and mad leadership.”
As for the Formula 1 higher-ups themselves, they are expected to meet today to discuss their options. However, their most recent statement was that they are simply "monitoring the situation."
But public pressure is mounting rapidly for them to suspend or cancel the race:
Events in Ukraine are happening rapidly and sporting events in Russia or adjacent to Russia and Ukraine are being shut down as the invasion continues.
We'll keep bringing updates as things continue to unfold.