Russian karter Artem Severiukhin, 15, beneath FIA investigation after ‘unacceptable gesture’ on podium | Motor Sport Information

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Artem Severiukhin, 15, appeared to carry out a nazi salute and chortle when celebrating his victory in spherical one of many FIA Karting European Championship at Portimao; Russian driver, who’s competing with Italian license, set to have contract terminated by his crew

Final Up to date: 11/04/22 3:19pm


The FIA is investigating the “unacceptable conduct” of a Russian go-kart driver following his actions on the rostrum after successful a race on Sunday.

Artem Severiukhin, 15, appeared to carry out a nazi salute and chortle when celebrating his victory in spherical one of many FIA Karting European Championship at Portimao.

The FIA, motorsport’s governing physique, mentioned it was trying into the incident, footage of which has been extensively circulated and condemned on social media.

“The FIA confirms it has launched a right away investigation into the unacceptable conduct of Mr Artem Severiukhin that occurred in the course of the podium ceremony for the OK class at Spherical 1 of the 2022 FIA Karting European Championship at Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal,” learn a press release on Monday.

“The FIA will talk shortly on the additional steps that will probably be taken on this case.”

Severiukhin, who pounded his chest earlier than elevating his proper arm, was competing within the championship with an Italian license as a result of FIA’s ban on Russian opponents following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. The Italian nationwide anthem was taking part in as he made the gesture.

Ward Racing, his privately owned Swedish crew, have already mentioned they plan to terminate his contract.

“Ward Racing is deeply in disgrace of the pilot’s behaviour which it condemns within the strongest attainable phrases,” they mentioned. “Motion will promptly be taken accordingly.

“The actions of Artem Severyukhin in the course of the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 have been completely particular person and don’t characterize the views and values of Ward Racing in any method. Quite the opposite, Ward Racing stands with the worldwide group condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expresses its solidarity with the folks struggling due to this unprovoked and horrific assault.

“Because the begin of the continued struggle, our agency stance has been demonstrated with ‘No Conflict’ helmets and stickers. As well as, we at the moment have three Ukrainian households touring with us as a result of they haven’t any dwelling to return to.

“Ward Racing accordingly condemns the non-public actions of pilot Artem Severyukhin in the course of the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 within the strongest attainable phrases, because it considers them a manifestation of unsportsmanlike behaviour, an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex.

“With this assertion, Ward Racing expresses its opinion, in addition to the opinion of all athletes and workers of the Ward Racing crew. On the premise of those concerns, Ward Racing sees no chance for continued cooperation with Artem Severyukhin and can proceed with terminating his racing contract.

“Lastly, Ward Racing want to apologize to those that have been damage or distressed by the prevalence.

“It has lengthy been and can stay a precedence for Ward Racing to work for a extra various, inclusive, and respectful racing local weather.”

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