Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Shame on FIA and its threats!

Sebastian Vettel and other Formula One drivers face potential punishments if they make political, religious or personal statements at races next season. 

International Automobile Federation (FIA) president, the Emirati Mohammed Ben Sulayem, warned drivers could face sanctions if they make such a statement without approval. He said: "They can use sport for peace reasons… but one thing we don't want is to have the FIA as a platform for private personal agendas."

Former world champions Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are among Formula One stars to have taken a stand on political and social issues at races in recent seasons.

For example, last year, Hamilton did stand for LGBTQ rights in Qatar. And he and Vettel strongly criticised the Hungarian government and voiced his support for the LGBTQ community in the country before the Grand Prix in Budapest. Also F1 champion Fernando Alonso supported LGBTQ rights in Russia race.

Recently FIFA (in French, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) did something similar during the last World Soccer Cup banning players to wear rainbow armbands because they didn't want to annoy the host country Qatar, where just the mere fact of being gay can result from prison to dead penalty.

Shame on them!!!

German team protested against FIFA ban in Qatar


  1. Is this ban for all nations which have Formula One races? Or just places where imprisoning, whipping, and potentially killing LGBTQ people is legal If they are for all nations, then we have to turn the March 31 Formula 1 event scheduled for Melbourne Australia, the May 7 event scheduled for Miami, the June 7 event scheduled for Barcelona/Catalunya in Spain, and the June 18 event scheduled for Montreal, Canada into Queer Extravaganzas! I want the most outrageous, out there, and frankly, obnoxious demonstrations possible. Let's use our protest imaginations For those of us lucky to get into one of these macho events, make it as outrageous as possible.

  2. They can be sanctioned anywhere, the problem is not the country where they are, it is what they can say publicly. Unacceptable!