Formula One fans across Russia have been left looking for ways to watch the season-opener set to take place in Bahrain this weekend.
With sanctions imposed on all Russian elements in F1 following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, Formula 1 has taken stringent steps to curb any Russian influence in the sport.
While this has led to an end of Uralkali’s sponsorship with Haas and ousting of its Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, it has also had repercussions for enthusiasts across the country.
The Russian broadcasting deal with Match TV has been scrapped and F1TV is no longer allowed to stream in the country.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko agreed that while the brutalities taking place in Ukraine are shocking, it is still unfair for F1 fans.
“I am shocked by the brutality with which Russia is proceeding,” Helmut Marko told Osterreich newspaper.
“But there should be no group responsibility.
“The individuals can’t help it.”
Russian fans in a fix, but Popov finds makeshift solution
Russian F1 fans have asked leading commentator Alexey Popov for a solution to their current predicament.
“We aren’t going to do pirate streams or anything like that,” Popov said.
“All we can legally do is show ourselves. Many people have asked us to do this so they can listen to it like a radio and watch the pictures somewhere else or superimpose it.
“But I want to warn you right away that it will not be a smooth broadcast as it would be on TV, because of the delays. Even on TV the delay is often several seconds but this way it could be up to a minute.
“So keep this in mind if you watch or listen to us on the weekends. It will not be as easy, convenient and reliable and as you are used to, but unfortunately it is the maximum we can do at the moment,” he added.
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