F1 chiefs snub Russian Grand Prix replacement options as final 2022 calendar confirmed

Formula One cancels Russian Grand Prix following invasion of Ukraine

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Formula 1 have taken the decision not to replace the Russian Grand Prix on this year’s calendar, despite interest from the likes of Turkey and Qatar to fill the vacancy. As such, a 22-race calendar is now confirmed for 2022 which will grant some respite for drivers during a crowded sequence of races later in the season. 

F1 took decisive action back in February by cancelling the Russian Grand Prix after the start of Vladimir Putin’s military assault on Ukraine. Down the line, the contract was terminated which effectively removed Russia from the F1 calendar for the foreseeable future. 

Initially, chiefs planned to find a replacement so that they could keep the season at 23 races, as previously planned. But Sky Sports claim that a decision has officially been made and they have opted not to find a replacement, instead favouring a break weekend break later in the year. 

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