Formula 1 will never return to Russia, the sport's CEO Stefano Domenicali says.
The country, until now with an annual F1 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi and with future plans to relocate to St Petersburg
was kicked off the calendar as part of sweeping sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.
"I've always believed that you should never say never," said Domenicali when asked about Russia's chances of mounting a comeback
"But in this case, I can promise for sure—we will no longer negotiate with them," the Italian told Sport Bild magazine.
"There will be no more racing in Russia." When asked to comment on Domenicali's position
Russian GP promoter Alexey Titov told Tass news agency: "The current situation in world sports is extremely politicized.
It is necessary to take Domenicali's words here with this in mind
What he said has a pronounced political connotation that has nothing to do with the real spirit of sports.
The future of our relations today is really unclear. We will take Domenicali's position into account in our further work."