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Russia-Ukraine crisis has affected F1 teams

Sauber and Toro Rosso say the crisis between Russia and Ukraine has affected their dealings with companies in the area.
Friday, May 9, 2014

BARCELONA, 9th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn admitted that Sauber have been affected by the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

“We’ve definitely seen an effect because a lot of talks which are very advanced have virtually come to standstill because people are waiting and seeing what’s going to happen,” Kaltenborn said during the team principal’s press conference.

“nobody really knows the entire impact it can have because the sanctions that have now been imposed are really biting some of them, so they’re very careful which again means that we simply have to wait and there’s nothing we can do about it”

Toro Rosso team principal said the Faenza based teams negotiations had also been affected.

“of course the political situation affects our negotiations with companies in Russia because no one knows exactly which way it goes,” Tost said.

“I just hope that it will end up in a positive way and we will go to Sochi because that’s very very important and then I’m convinced within a short term period of time that everything comes back to normality.”

Marussia Team Principal John Booth confirmed that the team had made travel arrangements for the Russian Grand Prix and will follow British Government guidelines on whether they should travel to Sochi or not.

“First of all, travel arrangements have been confirmed. There’s a charter going straight from Japan to Sochi.” Booth said.

“As to whether we go to Sochi or not, as with Bahrain over the last couple of years, we’ll follow our Government guidelines on whether its safe to travel or not, or whether we should go or not.”

Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley echoed Tost’s comments and said that they would be going to Sochi unless the British Government or the FIA and FOM said otherwise.

“I think unless the British Government advise otherwise and then from that obviously the FIA and FOM, then we are obliged to go, we are contracted to go.” Fernley said.

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