FIA bans drivers from making political and personal statements

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The FIA has decided to ban drivers from making “political, religious and personal statements” at the FIA sanctioned events, without written permission.

The FIA has decided to prevent drivers participating in competitions sanctioned by the governing organization from making “political, religious and personal statements” without their prior written permission.

This comes after Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel used their platform on numerous occasions to talk about issues such as racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, environmental issues and more.

For 2023, the FIA has inserted an additional article into the International Sporting Code.

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Article 12.2.1.n now states that “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”.

Now that Sebastian Vettel has retired from the sport, Lewis Hamilton is likely to be the driver most affected by this ban.

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