FIA reveals strict code of conduct imposed on Russian drivers

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The FIA has outlined a strict code of conduct that Russian drivers will need to follow to take part in international motorsport events sanctioned by the governing body.

Contrary to other sporting bodies, the FIA has not banned drivers holding a Russian or Belarusian licence from international events as part of the sanctions levied upon Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

But a series of restrictions devised by the World Motor Sport Council following its extraordinary meeting earlier this week will apply, starting with the decree that drivers must enter an event "only in their neutral capacity and under the FIA flag".

However, additional terms and conditions are included in a 'Driver Commitment' document released by the FIA.

Among the key points imposed by the governing body are the following:

โ€ข I acknowledge the strong commitment made by the FIA to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Federation Automobile dโ€™Ukraine, and all of those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict

โ€ข I will not display any Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colours, or flags publicly or via social media

โ€ข I acknowledge that no Russian/Belarusian national anthems will be played at Covered Events.

โ€ข I will not make any statements or comments, take any actions, or conduct myself in a manner that is prejudicial to the interests of the FIA, any competition, and/or motorsport generally. In particular, I will not express any support (direct or indirect) for the Russian and/or Belarusian activities in respect of Ukraine.

The FIA also included in the covenant its right to "implement further measures or issue further decisions" in relation to a driver's participation in its events.

In a statement sent out on Friday, the FIA said:

"The FIA continues to carefully monitor the events in Ukraine and reserves the right to take any further actions or implement further measures in the future, including any necessary actions required to comply with its obligations under any applicable sanctions regime and/or any contracts to which the FIA is a party."

As a reminder, Motorsport UK, the governing body for four-wheel motorsport in the United Kingdom, announced on Wednesday that competitors holding a Russian or Belarusian licence will not be allowed to compete in any events taking place in Britain.

Motorsport bodies in Sweden and in Finland have also suspended until further notice competitors holding a Russian licence.

Finally, Formula 1 announced on Thursday that it had terminated its contract with the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix, saying that it would not race in the country in the future.

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