We Race As One: Why driver’s T-shirts caused trouble at Hungary?

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, amongst others, were slapped on the wrist with a reprimand after they were called to the stewards for not following ‘the Race Directors instructions.’

The German Aston Martin driver was one of four drivers to be summoned to the the stewards for breaching the FIA’s sporting code as he ‘forgot’ to remove his rainbow coloured t-shirt ahead of national anthems due to ‘the onset of rain.’

Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Vettel joined other drivers – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – on the grid in supporting the LGBTQ+ rights. The four time world champion was seen wearing a multicoloured ‘Same Love’ t-shirt during Formula One’s ‘We Race As One’ message.

The drivers were deemed to have breached article 12.2.1.i of the FIA International Sporting Code, which states:

“Failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the Event.”

As a result, Vettel was one of four drivers who were given non-driving reprimands, after they failed to remove their ‘We Race As One’ t-shirts in time for the Hungarian national anthem.

Last year, Formula One launched their We Race As One initiative in a bid to tackle racism, inequality, inclusion and diversity within the international sport and global communities.

The Hungarian Government recently passed a new law, this month, which outlaw depictions of homosexuality and transgender issues in school curriculum and kids TV shows.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has slammed the new Hungarian law and encouraged those in the country to vote in favour of the upcoming referendum to protect rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

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