•The demand was sent to teams via email ahead of the Russian Grand Prix
•‘We kindly request that during the national anthem there is to be total silence on the starting grid,’ read the unprecedented email
•Bernie Ecclestone’s friend, Vladimir Putin, will attend the race with high security amid controversy over Russia’s behaviour in the region
Bernie Ecclestone has demanded silence from teams and drivers for the Russian national anthem in front of President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.
Putin is expected attend the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, triggering a massive security clampdown. Television companies could be shut down briefly while the secret service check for radio waves that could detonate a remote bomb, while extra police and troops will be drafted in.
But, it is the potential for disrespect upsetting President Putin that worries Ecclestone, the Formula One chief executive, and Jean Todt, the president of the FIA, the governing body. An email to teams today
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