Ecclestone has no concerns over Russian GP

Sochi Autodrom

22 July 2014 by TF1T Staff

Bernie Ecclestone has no concerns over the Russian Grand Prix taking place later this year, despite what is happening in the news.

Many have called for the race to be cancelled amid the ongoing political situation between Ukraine and Russia, whilst the recent downing of a Malaysian Airliner, reportedly by Russian-backed separatists, has hightened tensions.

UK prime minister David Cameron is calling for tough sanctions against the country, whilst the US is pressing ahead with similar actions.

That doesn't concern 83-year-old Ecclestone though.

"I don't see any problems with that," he told journalist Adam Cooper.

"Were they [Russia] in the World Cup or not? You would have thought people would have tried to stop it, wouldn't you? Like I've said, we don't get involved in politics. We have a contract with them, which we know they will respect. And we will do the same."

When asked if Putin's close involvement with the Sochi facility would harm F1's image, he replied: "Not as far as I'm concerned, personally. We shouldn't speculate as to what could happen. We will honour our contract. Mr Putin personally has been very supportive and very helpful, and we will do the same."