Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez disapprove of FIA Policy

Both drivers have expressed their opposition to the controversial new regulations, citing their right to freedom of expression.

We all have “freedom of speech” but it seems not so anymore for the Formula One players. The FIA recently introduced a policy which didn't sit well with most. The policy stated that any personnel would need to ask for the FIA permission before making any religious or political statements during any event which is associated with the FIA.

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Well, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, are no different as they have also joined the other drivers in voicing out their disagreements with the new policy. Valtteri Bottas, a Finnish racing driver currently competing in F1 for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel, a German racing driver who competed in F1 from 2007 to 2022 for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Aston Martin are one of those who have spoken out against the policy. 

Verstappen is not a man of many words, but has however this time voiced his disapproval. “I think firstly, you know, everyone’s different, some people are more outspoken than others,” he commented to Sky Sports F1. I’m normally not that outspoken on that, because foremost, it’s tough as a racing driver to be fully committed to that as well in terms of going into everything and making sure that you know all the facts right."

He continued, “But I don’t think it is necessary, because, in a way, you’re basically making sure that people aren’t allowed to speak anymore, which I think we should be allowed to. And of course, like I said before, some people will speak a bit more, some not, but it was probably a bit unnecessary.”

Perez expressed how it's important for drivers to have freedom of speech, be able to voice their feelings and thoughts. The younger drivers will have a hard time figuring out what they are “allowed” to say. Lando Norris from McLaren had expressed how he would have loved using his voice more, after Vettel's withdrawal.

Perez commented, “We want to be ourselves, and we want to be able to express ourselves in any way that we want. We all have differing views and differing beliefs in religious ways. I get the political side, but we all should be free to express ourselves the way we want. I believe in this sport, it is important to express yourself. There are some younger drivers that I think they will struggle to know what you can say or what you cannot say. That, to me, is not correct. But we will discuss that.”

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