May 13, 18:07
FIA disqualifies Russian rider Severyukhin for Nazi salute
The Russian avoided a long disqualification, but his result at the stage of the European Karting Championship was annulled. Artem Severyukhin showed the “Roman salute”, standing on the podium
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Russian racer Artem Severyukhin, who showed a gesture similar to the Nazi salute during the European Karting Championship, avoided a lengthy disqualification. The 15-year-old Russian was punished only with the annulment of the result at this stage, informs portal GPFans with reference to the decision of the International Automobile Federation.
The FIA found the Russian rider guilty of violating five points of the organization’s code, including “public incitement to violence or hatred.”
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“After listening to the rider’s explanation and reviewing the video evidence, the stewards consider this behavior to be unacceptable and severely reprehensible and contrary to all motorsport regulatory standards, even though the rider expressed deep regret over his inappropriate gesture,” the FIA report says.
Severyukhin celebrated victory at the first round of the European Karting Championship, which took place in Portimão, Portugal on April 11, with a Nazi salute. The athlete participates in the tournament under the Italian flag due to the sanctions of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) against the Russians. While on the podium, Severyukhin used the “Roman salute” gesture (hit his chest with his fist and raised his outstretched arm up at an angle) and then laughed.
The rider himself explained his behavior with emotions, and called the gesture a kind of expression of gratitude to his team. Severyukhin also assured that he did not put any negative meaning into his action. The Russian Automobile Federation condemned the incident. Karting team Ward Racing terminated the contract with the Russian. Also, the Automobile Club of Italy (ACI) withdrew the sports license from the Russian racer.