FIA clarifies ban on drivers making political statements

The governing body for Formula One has issued guidance on a rule recently introduced that prohibited drivers from speaking out on political and controversial issues. The FIA’s original rule barred “political, religious and personal statements” without prior consent, and expressed no limitations on where that restriction applied. Drivers were nearly unanimous in their criticism of the ruling and seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton said he would not follow the ban. The guidance issued Friday puts limits on when the FIA can apply the rules. The restrictions will be upheld during pre- and post-race events and on the track.