Todt: 'Russia is on'

FIA president Jean Todt says the Russian Grand Prix is on

FIA president Jean Todt says the Russian Grand Prix is on

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FIA president Jean Todt sees no reason at present to follow the lead of world motorbike's governing body and cancel the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

The race is due to make its debut on the Formula One calendar on October 12 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that earlier this year staged the Winter Olympics.

However, the ongoing political struggle between Moscow and Ukraine over the Crimea region has resulted in sanctions being imposed on Russia by the west.

Last month World Superbike organisers cancelled the Russian round of their championship, which was due to be staged at the Moscow Raceway on September 12.

With the grand prix still five months away, Todt has no intention of over-reacting as he feels there is plenty of time for tensions to ease.

"At the moment there is no change to the calendar. Russia is on," said Todt.

"I am comfortable with what the FIM (world motorbike federation) has done, but at the moment we don't have any reason to reconsider any race we have on the calendar."

Asked whether the matter would be reviewed over the summer, or as late as September, Todt replied: "We will speak to people who are involved with all of that.

"But as I say, at the moment we have nothing that should change the running of the calendar."

Over the weekend of the Spanish GP, the teams confirmed they would seek the advice of the FIA and their governments with regard to travelling to Russia as they are contracted to attend.

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