FIA reveals ‘commitment’ form for Russian and Belarusian drivers

Russian and Belarusian drivers remain free to compete, so long as they agree to FIA terms in a new document

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The FIA has implemented a ‘driver commitment’ form that all Russian or Belarusian competitors need to sign to compete in any FIA-sanctioned championship.

On Tuesday the World Motor Sport Council met to discuss Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and what action world motorsport’s governing body should take.

The FIA decided that no Russian or Belarusian national teams could participate but any drivers or officials could, albeit under the “FIA flag” rather than their national one.

As an extension to that, on Friday the FIA published a list of terms any Russian or Belarusian competitor must agree to in order to compete in any FIA series.

In off-road terms, that includes the World Rally Championship, World Rallycross Championship, World Rally-Raid Championship, European Rally Championship, and Middle East Rally Championship.

The conditions any driver must agree to are as follows:

1. I will comply with the decisions of the World Motor Sport Council of 1 March 2022. I understand that any refusal or failure to comply with those decisions will constitute a breach of Article 12.2.1.e of the FIA International Sporting Code, and may result in the imposition of a penalty or sanction under the International Sporting Code, the FIA Statutes, the FIA Judicial and DisciplinaryRules, and/or under any other applicable provision of the FIA rules and regulations.

2. I acknowledge the strong commitment made by the FIA to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Federation Automobile d’Ukraine, and all of those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict.

3. I acknowledge that I may only participate in Covered Events in an individual and neutral capacity, and not in any way as a representative of Russia or Belarus.

4. I will not display any Russian/Belarusian national symbols, colors, or flags publicly or via social media.

5. I will not display on my uniforms, clothing, accessories, or other personal items, or on my equipment or cars at any time in connection with my participation in Covered Events or otherwise in my capacity as a participant in Covered Events:
– the Russian or Belarusian flag (current or historical);
– any illustration of or reference to the Russian or Belarusian flag;
– any national emblem or other national symbol of Russia/Belarus (e.g. coat of arms of Russia /double-headed eagle of Russia);
– the words “Russian”, “Russia”, “Belarus”, “Belarusian”, “Russian Automobile Federation”, “Fédération de l’Automobile de Belarus” or the acronyms “RUS” or “RAF” or “BAF”, “FBA”, “BLR” in any language or format; or
– the emblem of the Russian Automobile Federation (“RAF”) or “Fédération de l’Automobile de Belarus” (“FBA”/”BAF”).

6. I acknowledge that no Russian/Belarusian national anthems will be played at Covered Events. I will not play or sing the Russian/Belarusian national anthem at any official event venue or other area controlled by the FIA or by the organizer or promoter of a Covered Event, or otherwise in connection with my participation in Covered Events or otherwise in my capacity as a participant in Covered Events.

7. I will not make any statements or comments, take any actions, or conduct myself in a manner that is prejudicial to the interests of the FIA, any Competition, and/or motorsport generally. In particular, I will not express any support (direct or indirect) for the Russian and/or Belarusian activities in respect of Ukraine.

8. I will comply at all times with:
a. all FIA rules and regulations, circulars, guidelines, procedures, and other requirements, as amended from time to time;
b. all decisions, rulings, and directions of the FIA; and
c. any applicable sanctions regime.

9. I acknowledge and accept that the FIA may implement further measures or issue further decisions in relation to my participation in Covered Events in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, including the right to refuse me entry into or prevent me from participating in and/or attending any Covered Event. I will comply with any such further measures and decisions.

10. I have read and understood the contents of this Driver Commitment and I acknowledge that it is legally binding upon me.

The FIA concluded its release with the following statement: “The FIA continues to carefully monitor the events in Ukraine and reserves the right to take any further actions or implement further measures in the future, including any necessary actions required to comply with its obligations under any applicable sanctions regime and/or any contracts to which the FIA is a party.”

Words:Luke Barry