F1 Bans Drivers From Making Personal, Political, and Religious Statements at Race Events

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Motor Racing’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has announced a controversial new rule for Formula One drivers.

The FIA Sporting Code for Race Events has a new section that prohibits drivers “from the general making and displaying of political, religion, or personal statements or comments, notably in violation the general principle of neutrality promoted the FIA.” ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Formula One drivers may not be happy with the new rule. Sebastian Vettel Lewis HamiltonMany people have used their platforms for advocacy for social justice.

Hamilton, 37 years old, wore a shirt reading “Arrest Breonna Taylor’s cops” on the front. The back featured an image of Taylor and the words, “Say her Name.”

Formula One modified the rules subsequently about what drivers can wear on the podium after races. In an interview with WSJ MagazineHamilton took the rather obvious reaction to his statements in stride. “Well they’ve changed many rules after a lot a things that I have done.”

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Hamilton also spoke with WSJ. Magazine About being the only Black driver to achieve the top of Formula One and other sports icons he has looked up to along his journey.

PEOPLE could not reach Hamilton immediately to discuss the rule change.

“My dad would watch Tiger and me.” [Woods] He kind of broke the mould, and we watched with admiration. “The Williams sisters also did it,” he stated previously. “We are like, Oh, we could do something similar, that’s going be going to help move the industry forward.”

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Vettel (35), has been a prominent personality in F1 and has been called out for F1’s “for the sake of the sport”. environmental impact In July, racing was the most popular sport on the planet. In his retirement announcement, Vettel made reference to some of his criticisms of motorsports.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team waves to the crowd during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring. He earlier announced his planned retirement from the sport at the end of the 2022 season on July 28, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.

During previews for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team wave to the crowd. He had previously announced that he would be retiring from the sport after the 2022 season, which ended on July 28, 2022 in Budapest.

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“Speaking of future, I feel that we live at very important times,” said the German driver. How we shape the next few years will impact our lives. There are certain aspects of my passion that I find unpleasant. They may be solved in the near future, but my determination to bring about change must grow and be leading to action now.

Vettel stated, “Talking is not enough. We cannot afford to wait.”

“There is no alternative. The race is on. My best race lies ahead. I believe that moving forward is the best way to move on. I believe that time is a one way street and I will move along with the times.

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Vettel’s tweet was quickly followed by Hamilton who tweeted his support. Hamilton wrote, “Seb. It’s been an honour to call you a competitor. And an even greater honor to name you my friend.” wrote. The goal is to make this sport more enjoyable than it was when you started it. It is certain that whatever you do next will be meaningful, exciting and rewarding. You are my man.

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