FIA president forced to release statement after slamming Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen over human rights stance | The Sun

UNDER-FIRE FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has issued a statement on Twitter – just days after hitting out at drivers' for speaking about human rights and mental health.

Ben Sulayem was only appointed in December.


But he has already driven a wedge between the sport's governing body and F1's owner's, Liberty Media.

And his comments will also alarm drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, who have spoken about social issues, and Lando Norris, who addressed mental health.

Ben Sulayem was quoted as saying: "Niki Lauda and Alain Prost only cared about driving.

"Now, Vettel drives a rainbow bicycle, Lewis is passionate about human rights and Norris addresses mental health.

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"Everybody has the right to think.

"To me, it is about deciding whether we should impose our beliefs in [sic] something over the sport all the time."

The interview had sparked much anger across social media but he has now tried to clarify his comments.

And he insisted he DOES support drivers trying to help "progress in society".

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He wrote on Twitter: "As a driver, I have always believed in sport as a catalyst of progress in society.

"That is why promoting sustainability, diversity and inclusion is a key priority of my mandate.

"In the same way, I value the commitment of all drivers and champions for a better future."

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