It has been decided by the governing body of Formula One, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), that drivers will not be allowed to make political statements during races unless they receive prior permission from the organization.
The FIA revealed the new rule in an article to the International Sporting Code, which states that the following behavior is now considered to be in violation of the rules: Sporting Code, saying that the following is now a violation of the rules: “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 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.”
The decision was made after several drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, promoted leftist political causes over the past few years. Hamilton is known for wearing shirts with phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Arrest the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor,” among other phrases. Sebastian Vettel, a race car driver who just recently retired, has been photographed wearing shirts supporting the LGBT agenda and leftist environmental causes.
According to the statement, the FIA also mentioned that the Code of Ethics of the International Olympic Committee upholds the position of “political neutrality” being a fundamental principle.
The statement went on to say that “additionally, as statedin 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 concluded that the organization would also emphasize “underrepresented groups” and work toward achieving more significant gender and racial representation.