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History Shows Ecclestone and F1 Will Do Everything to Avoid Canceling Russian GP

Should sport and politics ever mix? It's a question that is asked perhaps too often—and its answer largely depends on the sport in question. For Formula One, a sport that sees many of its bureaucrats gain more recognition than some of its participants, a blend of the two worlds—so different yet so eerily alike—is inevitable. F1's great political debate of 2014 surrounds the Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for October 12, with pressure building on Bernie Ecclestone, the sport's evergreen ringmaster, to drop the Sochi event from the 19-race calendar. The Crimean crisis and the recent MH17 disaster are at the root of the widespread calls for the FIA and F1 to follow the lead of the FIM, which canceled the Russian round of the W...

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