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2014-07-23 12:45

NO POLITICS HERE: Bernie Ecclestone (left) meets Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss the 2014 Sochi GP earlier this year. The upcoming race has caused much anticipation due to political unrest. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has moved to dismiss doubts about the 2014 inaugural Russian GP.

Since the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 atrocity pressure is falling on F1 to cancel its scheduled event at Sochi in October.

London's Daily Mail said Mercedes, whose Malaysian sponsor Petronas has set up a fund for the families of the 298 victims, is privately "uneasy" about attending an event so closely associated with Vladimir Putin but Ecclestone, who earlier in 2014 revealed his "great admiration" for the controversial Russian president, insists:

'AWAKE TO SITUATION'

"I don't see any problem with going. We are not involved in politics. We have a contract with them," he said, adding "We'll respect it 100% and so will Putin, I'm sure. He's been very supportive."

The Daily Mail quoted an International Automobile Federation spokesman as saying that while the Paris federation was "awake to the situation" it "did not want to mix politics and sport".

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