The FIA has made changes to the International Sporting Code prohibiting drivers from making individual statements without the approval of the governing body.
Just two years ago, the FIA launched the ‘We Race as One’ initiative.
This apparent reversal from his three ‘key pillars’ of F1: sustainability, diversity and inclusivity could become a point of contention for drivers and the wider sport community.
F1 has stopped allocating pre-race timeslots to allow kneeling in early 2022, and Stefano Domenicali says it’s time to move beyond the gesture.
With the 2023 season just a few months away, it seems inevitable that the sport will see even more changes in driver reactions to his regulation changes.
F1 is believed to have focused on environmental sustainability in recent seasons, but it would be inaccurate to say that beyond that, significant projects have been announced. It is not clear to what extent drivers are prevented from expressing their personal beliefs or from using the platform appropriately.
Asking the FIA for permission to make such ‘personal’ or ‘political’ statements is unlikely to be accepted across the grid or the wider paddock, so how will the FIA respond to the inevitable backlash? I don’t know yet if I will.
- Without permission, the FIA prohibits drivers from making “political and personal statements”
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