The FIA has launched a direct investigation following the controversial celebration from Russian karter Artem Severiukhin.
After taking victory in Portimao, in what was the season-opener for the FIA European Karting Championship, Severiukhin’s celebrations on the rostrum would generate consideration around the globe.
The 15-year-old Russian competitor, who’s competing underneath an Italian licence, as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian athletes, was broadcast thumping his chest and performing what seemed to be the Nazi-linked Roman salute, adopted by laughter.
Understandably, this prompted the FIA to open an investigation.
Severiukhin’s workforce ‘Ward Racing’ has since introduced that his contract will likely be terminated.
As per the PA information company, Severiukhin would on Monday publish a video on the Russian Vehicle Federation’s Telegram channel the place he stated, translated by Championat.ru: “I wish to apologise for what occurred yesterday on the European Karting Championship.
“Standing on the rostrum, I depicted a gesture that many perceived as a Nazi greeting. However that’s not true – I’ve by no means supported Nazism and think about it one of the horrible crimes in opposition to humanity.
“I can’t clarify how the whole lot else occurred.
“I do know it’s my fault, I do know I’m silly, and I’m able to be punished. However please perceive that I didn’t assist Nazism or fascism with this gesture.”
As quoted by The Race, Severiukhin additionally defined that the thumping of his chest was impressed by prompts from beneath the rostrum, suggesting to him that this was a means of exhibiting gratitude in Italy, the nation which he was representing.
“I used to be racing underneath the Italian license, gained the race underneath the Italian flag, and guys beneath the rostrum had been exhibiting to me that in Italy in such circumstances it’s customary to beat your chest, round the place the guts is, expressing gratitude. I simply wished to try this gesture,” he stated.
An announcement points by Ward Racing learn: “The actions of Artem Severiukhin throughout the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 had been completely particular person and don’t symbolize the views and values of Ward Racing in any method.
“Quite the opposite, Ward Racing stands with the worldwide neighborhood condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expresses its solidarity with the individuals struggling due to this unprovoked and horrific assault.
“On the idea of those concerns, Ward Racing sees no risk for continued co-operation with Artem Severiukhin and can proceed with terminating his racing contract.”