Formula 1 bosses have confirmed that they will not replace the Russian Grand Prix in 2022 but rather are opting to stick to a 22-race calendar.
The Russian GP was due to be the site of round 17 in the 2022 season, taking place on September 25, but it was canceled back in February in response to the country’s violent invasion of Ukraine.
There were original plans to replace the race in order to keep the record 23-race calendar in play, with some suggesting that Qatar and Turkey could have been options.
However, as of Wednesday, the decision is not to replace the event at the Sochi Autodrom.
It will likely come as a relief to the teams as the Russian Grand Prix was due to kick off one of the two triple headers following the summer break.
Instead, there will now be a weekend free before we head to Singapore followed immediately by Japan.
According to reports, one of the main reasons for simply leaving the weekend out was because it would not have been logistically possible to have the race in Europe due to freight rules.
The Russian Grand Prix has had its contract terminated since and so will not be on the F1 calendar in future seasons.