The father of former Russian driver Vitaly Petrov has been killed in Russia, so the current Formula 1 commissioner will not continue to participate this weekend in the Portuguese Grand Prix, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has confirmed.
"The FIA confirms that due to personal mourning, the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix commissioner Vitaly Petrov will not continue with his duties for the remainder of the weekend. The FIA's thoughts are with Vitaly and his family at this time, "the statement said.
According to the Russian news agency TASS, businessman Alexander Petrov,
in Vyborg for United Russia - President Vladimir Putin's party - was shot in this town on Saturday afternoon, around 6:00 p.m.
Sources consulted by the Russian media affirm that the shots were fired from a distance, so they could have been carried out by a "sniper".
Petrov was shot dead on his way to swim in the river after being at home in the sauna.
The deceased owned an extensive network of companies, including
, in the shipbuilding sector, and
Vyborg Fuel Company
, in fuels.
Abu Dhabi afternoon 2010
His son Vitaly Petrov, 36, was a Formula 1 driver between 2010 and 2012, years in which he raced with
His best position was a third place finish at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, which opened the season.
That same year he achieved his best final position in the World Cup, tenth.
A year before (2010), the Russian was the protagonist in the outcome of the championship, by cutting Fernando Alonso's path to the title, in the first coronation of
The FIA has also confirmed that Portuguese
, the current safety car driver in the Formula E and WTCR World Cups, will take Petrov's place as commissioner in the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Portimao circuit.
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