FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says “one thing we don’t want is to have the FIA as a platform for private personal agenda”.
The FIA has recently banned the drivers from making political or other personal statements not related to racing at the events sanctioned by the governing organization.
This has caused quite a backlash from many observers, since the F1 platform has in the past been used by drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to spur positive change in the world.
When asked about this, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem defended the FIA’s decision.
“I am a big believer in the sport,” he said.
“We are concerned with building bridges. You can use sport for peace reasons and all of this.
“But one thing we don’t want is to have the FIA as a platform for private personal agenda. We will divert from the sport.”
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He then said drivers can use different platforms to get their personal messages out.
“What does the driver do best? Driving. They are so good at it, and they make the business, they make the show, they are the stars. Nobody is stopping them.
“There are other platforms to express what they want. Everybody has this, and they are most welcome to go through the process of the FIA, to go through that.
“I have my own personal things, OK, but it doesn’t mean I will use the FIA to do it. The FIA should be neutral, I believe, and we need the superstars in to make the sport.
“And they do such a great job when it comes to the competition that all of us enjoy,” Ben Sulayem concluded.