League Notes: Niki Lauda Dismisses Idea Of Boycotting Inaugural Russian Grand Prix
Former F1 driver and Mercedes Chair Niki Lauda "has dismissed suggestions" F1 should boycott October’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Amid the escalating crisis in the Crimean peninsula, it "has been suggested that part of the sanctions against Russia’s behaviour should be to scrap the new Vladimir Putin-sponsored F1 race in Sochi." Lauda: "That is completely pointless" (IN AUTO NEWS, 3/12). ... Singapore's National Sports Associations "with novel plans can now tap on" a S$25M ($19M) "ideas fund." Acting Minister for Culture, Community & Youth Lawrence Wong announced in Parliament on Tuesday that the ministry will set aside S$25M over the next five years "for innovative programmes that NSAs come up with" (STRAITS TIMES, 3/11).