It’s the need of recent times for every sport to come forward and fight the issues of current social world and F1 has been second to none, from the beginning of the last season F1 has made its stance clear with ‘We race As One’ CSR campaign and sent a clear message to rest of the world about its support for diversity.
But every campaign has its ups and down and hurdles that’s what F1 also faced through out the last and beginning of this year as well. To tackle also those issues newly appointed CEO of F1 and ex-Ferrari team Principal Stefano Domenicali has summoned all drivers at Bahrain.
The purpose of meeting between the new CEO and drivers would be to clarify their role as the ambassador of sports and as the representative of this sports; Domenicali wants to make each and every driver aware of what responsibilities they have and what message they will be carrying forward.
"I sent a letter to all the drivers personally, because I want to share with them how important it is that they understand that their value in being the positive ambassador of F1," Domenicali said during a roundtable with select media.
Since the riots broke out in America regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and fight against racial injustice, Lewis Hamilton, the seven times worlds champion, has been the front face of F1’s fight against adversity, even though on some occasions F1 distanced its self from the actions of reigning world champion and even had to make new rules in order to stop Lewis from sending messages which he thought are necessary to fight racial abuse black people all over the world are suffering.
According to Domenicali, Lewis was ‘’ really very important” for F1 for bringing up the non-sporting issues and being vocal about them, he is one of the reasons Domenicali wants to meet with drivers at season opener.
"I'm not only talking about the sport itself, but also the values on which F1 is to really focus, like We Race as One, and the diversity and sustainability projects that we want to share together.
"I've invited them for a meeting that we need to have as soon as possible physically. The target will be to have it in Bahrain, if it's possible, to really discuss and share this opportunity,’’ said Domenicali
Domenicali appreciated the young talent and to him its first time F1 has son many talented drivers on the grid at once and all are young and starving to make their name in history books.
"We have never had, I would say in F1, so many fantastic drivers, young, talented, very strong, and we cannot lose the opportunity of making sure they understand they are more than drivers. They have a big responsibility because they are the face of the sport.
"They have to understand [the importance of] their behavior, their words, and [that] we lead by example, is the approach I'm expecting to share with."
Stefano Domenicali also condemned the actions of Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin, whose video surfaced on social media where he was seen groping a woman’s chest. Ever since that action of Mazepin has the spot light and raised questions regarding F1’s stance on such behavior of a driver and their campaign of ‘We Race As One’
"It was pretty clear, what he did, it was not acceptable, it's very straightforward," Domenicali said.
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"He was apologetic. As a reaction to what he did, we need to make sure that in the discussion we're going to have, they understand that we cannot joke on certain things. It is not possible. They are too important not to understand they are role models, and they have to embrace that.
"That's something that we're going to discuss together, not only with him. At the appropriate time, I want to have a meeting with them to realise how important all of them are for our sport."
Quotations courtesy: motorsport.com