Sole Russian Driver in Formula One Racing Unaffected by Political Situation

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Formula One’s only Russian driver, Daniil Kvyat, is not affected by the ongoing situation in Russia surrounding Ukraine.

MONTREAL (Sputnik) — Formula One’s only Russian driver Daniil Kvyat told Sputnik on Thursday that he is not affected by the ongoing situation in Russia surrounding Ukraine.

“The situation is what it is,” Kvyat said. “We are probably never going to know exactly what’s happening. We just have to enjoy our lives and that’s what I’m doing.”

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Kvyat joined Formula One, the highest class of single-seat auto racing, in 2014, the same year that political unrest began in Ukraine.

“I wouldn’t say it has affected me in anyway because here, first of all, we have a sport, not politics, so that’s my approach,” Kvyat added.

One always has to “separate life from politics and sport from politics,” he added.

At present, Kvyat is the only Russian national out of a total of 20 drivers.

“We go there for racing, not for politics or anything like that, and I think everyone has no doubt about going there, absolutely not,” Kvyat said.

On October 11, 2015, the Russian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in the country’s southwestern city of Sochi. The Olympic city hosts the Grand Prix for the second time.

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The event is also the second time Formula One racing heads to Russia since political unrest began in Ukraine.

“I think everyone really liked the race last year,” Kvyat said.

He described the 2014 race as a “nice event,” and the facility as having a “new, modern track.”

“Sochi is a nice city,” he added.

Kvyat, a Russian national, joined Formula One at the beginning of the 2014 season.

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