Ecclestone: No doubts over Russian GP
22 July 2014 – Bernie Ecclestone says he has no doubts over the Russian Grand Prix following the MH17 tragedy.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the country's border, last Thursday, with pro-Russian separatists accused of shooting down the plane.
Since the incident, there has been speculation as to whether the Grand Prix, a long-term project of President Vladimir Putin, would remain on the Formula 1 calendar, but Ecclestone does not foresee any problems.
"I don't see any problems with that," Ecclestone told Adam Cooper's F1 Blog. "Were they [Russia] in the World Cup or not? You would have thought people would have tried to stop it, wouldn't you? Like I've said, we don't get involved in politics. We have a contract with them, which we know they will respect. And we will do the same."
Ecclestone also played down suggestions that Putin's close ties to the race would draw lots of attention.
"Not as far as I'm concerned, personally," he said. "We shouldn't speculate as to what could happen. We will honour our contract. Mr Putin personally has been very supportive and very helpful, and we will do the same."