Formula 1: Limits to drivers’ freedom of speech rule outlined by FIA

Formula 1’s governing body appears to have backtracked on a rule introduced this year banning freedom of speech for drivers on key issues. The guidance note says drivers “can express their views on any political, religious or personal matter before, during and after” the race “in their own space, and outside the scope of the international competition”. The FIA guidance note is also explicit on what constitutes a political or religious statement. “The guidance note does not alter article 12.2.1.n of the FIA International Sporting Code. “Formula 1’s governing body appears to have backtracked on a rule introduced this year banning freedom of speech for drivers on key issues. Lewis Hamilton says the ban on drivers’ free speech will not prevent him from speaking out on key issues.

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