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Bernie urged to cancel Russian GP

Wednesday 23-July-2014 12:51

Bernie Ecclestone has come under pressure from senior British politicians to cancel the Russian Grand Prix.

Russia has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons over the past week after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

The relationship between Vladimir Putin's government and the West has taken strain in recent days and politicians have now called on Formula 1 officials to cancel the race, which is scheduled for October 12.

Promoters have insisted that "all the preparations are on track and run according to the schedule" but Conservative MP David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, feels Ecclestone should pull the plug.

"If Russia continues as they have been doing, then the grand prix is one of many things that they should be denied," he told The Telegraph. "The morally proper thing to do is put the race on hold.

"F1 already had a problem in the past with Bahrain. Whilst I'm not particularly in favour of cancelling sports events at the drop of a hat, I think that Formula One should reflect the global outrage. It would be an important and appropriate response to cancel the race."

The FIA is keen to stay clear of any controversy with a spokesperson telling Daily Mail while they were "awake to the situation" they did not "want to mix politics and sport".

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