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FIA bans drivers from making political statements

Madrid, 20 December (EFE). The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has revised its International Sports Code (CDI) to prevent drivers, including Formula One drivers, from making political or religious statements without prior authorization in order to safeguard its neutrality. ,

To this end, the FIA ​​has revised an article (12.2.1) that now establishes that its laws prohibit, except for “the making and display of political, religious and personal statements or remarks that violate the general principle of neutrality”. Consideration is given to the prior written approval of the FIA ​​for international competitions or the relevant national sports authority in which they are under its jurisdiction.

With this regulatory innovation, the FIA ​​intends to avoid actions such as that of British Lewis Hamilton, who wore a T-shirt (“arrest”) Briona on the podium of the 2020 Tuscany GP to protest against police violence in the United States The police officer who killed Taylor”, he said), or that of German Sebastian Vettel, who wore an inscription on his helmet at the 2022 Montreal GP calling for an end to tar sands exploitation in Canada.

The Spanish circuit of Jerez was dropped from the F1 calendar in 1997 after an unscheduled podium appearance by the city’s mayor.

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