Russian GP organisers say race will go ahead
19 July 2014 – Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix are confident that its inaugural race will go ahead as planned, despite Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reportedly being shot down in eastern Ukraine, near the country's border.
The flight, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on Thursday, killing all 298 people onboard.
Ukraine has accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plane, something which they have denied, amid heightening tensions between the two nations.
According to the Associated Press, the race promoter issued a statement to explain that preparations are ongoing, and that "organisers are confident that the inaugural Russian Grand Prix will be comfortable for all."
The Sochi Autodrom, based at the Olympic Park, is situated around 335 miles from the suspected crash site.