F1 bans drivers from making political remarks

FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, had issued a statement earlier this week saying that the Formula 1 racers will no longer be able to make political statements before or after the events without permission

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F1 bans drivers from making political remarks

FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, had issued a statement earlier this week saying that the Formula 1 racers will no longer be able to make political statements before or after the race without permission. In the matter of the fact, latest sweeping overhaul in regulation from the FIA came against the backdrop of a number of incidents where F1 drivers had taken advantages of pre-race and post-race interviews to volubly spread out their view.

Apart from that, the racers' rig-outs and liveries had frequently relfected their personal views on sensitive issues. Back in the 2020, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt that said “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” on the front and “say her name” on the back.

Apart from that, Vettel had often utilized the Formula 1’s platform to address environmental issues.

FI bans racers from making political remarks

Meanwhile, FIA, the motor racing governing body had added a new regulation at its rulebook that said, “(The sporting code)….bans…the general making and display of political, religious and personal statements or comments notably in violation of the general principle of neutrality promoted by the FIA”.

Besides, following the announcement, FIA said in a statement, “The ISC has been updated in alignment with the political neutrality of sport as a universal fundamental ethical principle of the Olympic Movement, enshrined in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Code of Ethics, together with the principle of the universality set out in Article 1.2.

Additionally as stated in Article 1.2 of the FIA Statutes, the FIA shall promote the protection of human rights and human dignity, and refrain from manifesting discrimination on account of race, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophical or political opinion, family situation or disability in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect.

The FIA will focus on underrepresented groups in order to achieve a more balanced representation of gender and race and to create a more diverse and inclusive culture”.

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