F1 launches ‘Drive It Out’ marketing campaign to fight fan and on-line abuse

The transfer by F1 comes within the wake of stories of followers dealing with racist and homophobic abuse in addition to sexual harassment over the Austrian Grand Prix earlier this month, prompting requires motion.

The brand new marketing campaign was launched through a video that includes all of the drivers, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem condemning abuse each at occasions and on-line, and calling on individuals to instantly block and report offenders.

Within the joint video that includes Domenicali, Ben Sulayem and all 20 F1 drivers, they mentioned:

“Method 1 is all about competitors and rivalry, but additionally respect. Respect as opponents, respect for our followers, respect for the entire F1 household. Abuse of any type is unacceptable. For those who can’t be respectful then don’t be a part of our sport.

“We can not let those that suppose they’ll abuse others get away with it. We now have an obligation to name this out and say ‘no extra’. We’re performing as a neighborhood to dam those that abuse others on-line. We gained’t permit abuse at our races. However we additionally want social media platforms to deal with abuse on-line head-on.

“Those that cover behind social media with abusive and disrespectful views will not be our followers. We’re united and ask you to hitch us in driving this out of all sport and society. Drive it out collectively.”


The ‘Drive It Out’ marketing campaign is available in tandem with F1 taking motion to make sure abuse at occasions is stamped out after condemning the “unacceptable” behaviour on the Pink Bull Ring in Austria.

F1 mentioned on the time it supposed to speak to the promoter of the race to seek out out what occurred and guarantee there was improved safety and assist at future occasions.

However these conversations are set to be prolonged to each occasion on the calendar, making certain that every one followers can attend races safely with out dealing with abuse by promising motion in opposition to perpetrators.

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Quite a lot of drivers had been vocal after the Austrian Grand Prix in regards to the stories of abuse, together with Sebastian Vettel, who referred to as for lifetime bans from attending F1 occasions to be handed to these discovered accountable.

Lewis Hamilton referred to as the behaviour “disgusting”, whereas Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff informed these accountable to “f*** off” and “keep at residence.”

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