Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula One World Champion, has criticized the FIA’s reported ban on drivers speaking out on political issues related to the sport. The announcement made ahead of the 2023 season stated that the governing body would be monitoring comments made by drivers regarding inclusivity, positivity, and lack of diversity in the sport.
In an interview with Planet F1, Hamilton expressed his disappointment, stating that the reported ban was a step back in the wrong direction. The Mercedes driver is a vocal advocate for issues like gender inclusivity and lack of diversity in the sport, and has been working tirelessly to promote open dialogue and inclusivity.
Despite the reported ban, Hamilton stated that he would continue to fight for the importance of open dialogue and inclusivity. He emphasized the importance of having an inclusive environment and highlighted the positives that can come from it. He also mentioned his foundation, Mission 44, which is working to address issues of diversity in the sport.
Hamilton praised F1 president Stefano Domenicali for his stance on the FIA announcement, stating that he is a great leader who understands the importance of inclusivity.
Although the FIA has retracted its stance on the issue after the initial statement, it remains to be seen how they will tackle related issues during the 2023 season. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix marks the beginning of the new season, and all eyes will be on how F1 and the FIA address issues related to diversity and inclusivity in the sport.