The international governing body of motorsports – the FIA – is banning their drivers from making political statements at races without prior permission from the FIA.
“The general making and display of political, religious and personal statements or comments notably in violation of the general principle of neutrality prompted by the FIA under its statutes, unless previously approved in writing by the FIA for International Competitions, or by the relevant ASN for National Competitions within their jurisdiction,” according to the international sporting code (ISC).
The group has decided the drivers have gone too far with their political activism, supporting radical leftist causes at races across the globe.
One of the best drivers Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes wears apparel with “Black Lives Matter” and “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor,” including multiple LGBTQ+ promoting TMZ reported.
Sebastian Vettel for Aston Martin decided to make a political statement and wore shirts that said “Same Love” and supported a green planet.
The FIA referenced the International Olympic Committee’s Code of Ethics for the drivers to recognize the updated political neutrality policy.
“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 color, 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 statement included that they would help “underrepresented groups” to gain better representation.
FIFA did not allow players to protest during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA President Gianni Infantino reminded players to “respect football” as much as different cultures.
FIA referenced FIFA for drivers to respect different cultures in different parts of the world.
“Article 12.2.1.n. is changed to enable the FIA to align itself to the practices of other similar international sports organizations such as FIFA, IOC and FIBA on the matter of neutrality by amending the ISC to this effect,” the code read.
“This will allow the ISC to widen its scope of application to cover statements/comments in violation of the general principle of neutrality,” the code continued.
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