F1 Fansite

F1 News

US sanctions endanger Sirotkin's F1 career

Posted on by
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin

Sirotkin's F1 future is suddenly in doubt.

Closely linked with a Russian rescue deal that reportedly saved Sauber from financial collapse last year, the 18-year-old is backed by Russia's SMP bank.

The bank is owned by Boris Rotenberg, who reportedly has close ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Russia's Ria Novosti news agency now reports that Rotenberg's Putin link has endangered Sirotkin's F1 future, along with dozens of other Russian athletes.

That is because Rotenberg, a "childhood friend" and in Putin's "inner circle", has been included in US and European sanctions against Russia's behaviour in the Ukraine crisis.

SMP Racing, the motor racing arm of the bank, has confirmed that its European bank accounts have been frozen, describing it as "political blackmail".

"We ask Europe and the US to listen to the voice of reason by removing the limit on Russian athletes' participation in international competitions," SMP added.

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2015 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets Singapore F1 GP Singapore 15 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Italian F1 GP Italy '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '15' Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgium F1 GP Belgium '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Russian F1 GP Russia'15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australia F1 GP Australia '16 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Spainish F1 GP Spain '16 20% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Canada F1 GP Canada '16 Available Book Now

Polls

Do we need the German GP back on the calendar?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...