May 7

F1: Azerbaijan denies Russian GP replacement reports

A general view of the track and pit lane under construction in preparation for the Russian Formula One Grand Prix scheduled to be held on October 12th later this year at the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, on February 24, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

A general view of the circuit taken in February, 2014 with its inaugural race scheduled to be held in October. (Photo: John Berry/Getty Images)

Azerbaijan on Wednesday denied reports it could step in to replace this year’s endangered Russian Grand Prix.

Earlier, Germany’s Welt newspaper said the oil-rich former Soviet state was ready to step in, should the escalating Crimean crisis force the cancellation of the scheduled inaugural Russian Grand Prix later this year.

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May 5

F1: Russian GP ‘unrealistic’ amid Crimean crisis

A Formula 1 car on display in Sochi, Russia which is meant to play host to its first Formula 1 race this October. (Photo: Getty Images)

A car on display in , Russia which is meant to play host to its first race this October. (Photo: Getty Images)

An unofficial asterisk is still hovering above this year’s inaugural running of the Russian grand prix.

Earlier, legend and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda dismissed suggestions the sport should boycott the Sochi event amid the escalating Crimean crisis.

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