F1 will respect Russia GP contract - Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has moved to dismiss doubts about this year's inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 atrocity, pressure is falling on Formula One to cancel its scheduled event at Sochi in October.

But Bernie Ecclestone, who earlier this year revealed his "great admiration" for the controversial Russian president, insists: "I don't see any problem with going.

"We are not involved in politics. We have a contract with them. We'll respect it 100 per cent and so will Mr Putin, I'm sure. He's been very supportive," the F1 chief executive added.

The Daily Mail quoted a FIA spokesman as saying that while the Paris federation is "awake to the situation", it did not want to "mix politics and sport".

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Series Formula 1
Event Russian GP
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone
Article type Breaking news
Tags bernie ecclestone, mh17, vladimir putin