F1: Domenicali tells drivers not to be stupid and ‘attack’ Formula 1’s business partners

F1 drivers will be banned from making unapproved political, religious or personal gestures this season.

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has told the drivers to stick to driving from now on, banning these unapproved gestures and claiming that motorsport should not become political.

“My position is very simple. We race as one. To promote discussion and use our platform in the right way,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali told Sky Sports.

“I do not believe [it is about] preventing the driver from communicating with the community. It is a matter of respect.

“What I don’t like is when you say something to attack another. That is wrong.

“You are a driver. Respect the partners you work with.

“You need to be balanced. No-one will put barriers up, unless it is political because we are a sport.

“To highlight attention on certain subjects that are at the center of discussion?  No problem. I’m sure the FIA share that view.

“There are places where you can do it. But respect your partners. You must follow the process.”