Formula One ‘will never gag anyone’, says chief executive Stefano Domenicali

Domenicali was unequivocal in stating F1’s owners stand behind drivers’ rights to speak out on the issues they believe in and that he expects the governing body to issue a clarification of its stance in the near future. The FIA is facing an increasingly vehement backlash from drivers and teams who believe it has been unnecessarily heavy-handed and uncompromising. In December the FIA updated its International Sporting Code (ISC), banning drivers from making “political, religious or personal” statements or comments without permission. “We are talking about 20 drivers, 10 teams and many sponsors, they have different ideas, different views. How we can allow the drivers to be open as human beings in our sport. “We are talking about a regulation and the regulator is the FIA,” he said. Since the FIA announced its regulation change however, the reaction from drivers has been hostile. “I had a discussion with the drivers about this last year,” he said.

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