Formula One announced today that it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter.
It is a move that not only seals the fate of the final race at Sochi, but also kills the follow-up events at Igora Autodrom. But they did take their time.
Following Tuesday’s press release acknowledging decision made during an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, I acknowledged that the status of the Russian Grand Prix had been kicked down the road.
By stating that upon the proposal of the F1 Commercial Rights Holder (Feb 25th), cancellation of the 2022 Russian F1 Grand Prix for reason of Force Majeure would be implemented with immediate effect, the FIA left it to the promoter to hammer in the final nail.
Utilising the reason of Force Majeure effectively released the sport of its obligations, not that any other option was possible of course.
The delay in bringing this decision to pass had more to do with solicitors getting their ducks in a row than anything else and, sadly, that quite telling describes the thought map of the sport, which revolves around the concept of saying the right, while ensuring litigation can be held at bay.
Actions speak louder than words, but not all of those actions are positive ones.