Formula 1 drivers and other participants in FIA events are banned from making “political statements” without the permission of the governing body.
The clampdown is defined by updating the rules governing all series administered by the FIA to the International Sporting Code.
The FIA prohibits the general giving and display of political, religious and personal statements or opinions in violation of the general principle of neutrality promoted by the FIA in its regulations, unless previously authorized in writing by the FIA for international competitions. The relevant ASN for national competitions within their jurisdiction.
Competitors are advised that “failing to comply with FIA regulations regarding the appointment and participation of persons in any race that counts towards the FIA Championship” is now considered a breach of the rules.
The FIA has previously taken steps to prevent F1 drivers from exploiting the distractions. Drivers have been banned from wearing T-shirts after Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix after displaying a display with the message “Arrest the police who killed Brenna Taylor”.
Other drivers made political statements using their ethnic clothing. Sebastian Vettel has been criticized by Canadian politicians for wearing a helmet with the messages “Stop Mining” and “Canadian Climate Crime” at Secut Gilles Villeneuve this year. He did not wear the design for the Grand Prix.
Earlier this year, FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem, who replaced Jean Todt 12 months ago, compared Hamilton and Vettel’s outspoken stance on social issues to previous drivers. “He only cares about driving,” says Ben Sulaym, citing the likes of Niki Lauda and Alain Prost as examples.
“Now Vettel rainbow cyclist Lewis [Hamilton] Passionate about human rights and [Lando] Norris deals with mental health,” Ben Sulem said. “Everybody has the right to think. For me, it’s about deciding whether to impose our beliefs.” [sic] Always in something on the sport. He later issued a statement expressing his commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Further revisions to the ISC’s drafters’ view have revised the definition of “misconduct” acts. Previously, drivers were prohibited from “abusive” behavior “using particularly offensive signs, symbols or language (written or verbal)”. The expanded section now prohibits the “general use of language (written or verbal), signs and/or symbols that are offensive, abusive, vulgar, vulgar or abusive and may reasonably be expected to be vulgar or vulgar or cause offence.” , be disgraceful or inappropriate.
The FIA’s rules continue to declare that the governing body “promotes the protection of human rights and human dignity and shall refrain from discrimination based on race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophy.” or political opinion, family status or disability in the activity and from taking any action in this regard.
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