LGBTQ+ movement criticises appointment of Vitaly Petrov as F1 steward

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On Thursday Mercedes pilot Lewis Hamilton said he didn‘t understand why FIA had chosen Russian Vitaly Petrov to be a driver‘s steward.

Earlier V. Petrov talked he doesn‘t understand why L. Hamilton‘s fighting against racism. “I don’t think we should wear a T-shirt with words: ‘Black lives matter’ and stumble before the race. It should be everyone’s personal choice”, said Russian.

Meanwhile, Racing Pride, which is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement working in the motor racing industry to promote inclusivity, also talked about Russian words.

“Racing Pride wishes to express its concern at the appointment of Vitaly Petrov as an FIA Driver Steward for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix in light of his recent, widely reported public comments relating to the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, which were both racist and homophobic in nature.

“Not only do these comments display ignorance relating to inclusion in sport, but we also believe that such comments from an FIA official are incompatible with Article 1.2 of the FIA’s Code of Ethics, which states that ‘participants to the FIA activities’ shall not be discriminated against on the basis of factors including ‘race, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin’.

A commitment to inclusion is a fundamental principle of good sporting governance. However, in order to be effective, such a commitment must extend to all involved in the sport, in any capacity.

It is essential that those who are appointed to positions of authority within the sport, especially, are sensitive to, and educated in, pertinent issues and correct terminology relating to diverse communities.

Racing Pride would be happy to work with the FIA and Formula-1 in providing such education in relation to the LGBTQ+ community, and indeed has already reached out to Formula-1 directly.

We hope to work alongside all organizations and stakeholders within the sport who share our commitment to providing a safe welcoming environment for all”, said in the Racing Pride statement.

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