Kevin Magnussen, the Haas F1 driver, has spoken out about the FIA‘s recent restrictions on political statements made by competitors during races. He believes that the freedom to express oneself is critical, and that the FIA’s latest move is concerning.
“I’m still trying to figure it out. I suppose many of us are still trying to figure out what that means. I grew up in a country where we are all free to express our beliefs and religions, as well as speak our minds.”
He went on to say that the drivers’ ability to express themselves was critical to the sport, saying, “I think that is a value that I appreciate and would like to see in Formula 1 as well. So I’m looking forward to hearing how those discussions go. It’s just not very good. I would like to have the freedom – not that I intend to do anything – but I believe that freedom is an important value.
The International Sporting Code of the FIA has been updated to prohibit participants in its events from making political statements without prior approval from the governing body. Drivers, including Magnussen, have criticised the decision.