Formula 1 has launched its Drive it Out campaign against any form of abuse online and at events with a video featuring Stefano Domenicali, Mohammed Ben Sulayem and all twenty drivers.
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According to Formula 1, the intention of this campaign is to “recognise that while passion and competition is a very important part of our sport, it can go too far, resulting in fans, journalists, presenters, and drivers receiving abuse both verbally and online.”
“We are all sending a clear message that this isn’t acceptable and must end and those that continue to spread abuse and offensive comments are not welcome in our sport.”
We are united in our desire to drive abuse of all kinds out of the sport we love, and we're calling on the entire F1 family to join us#DriveItOut. Together. pic.twitter.com/j0x6vsoars
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 30, 2022
Here is a full version of the message:
Formula 1 is all about competition and rivalries, but also respect. Respect as competitors. Respect for our fans. Respect for the whole F1 family.
Abuse of any kind is not welcome online, or anywhere in F1.
We are united and ask you to join us in driving this out of all sports and society. We have a duty to call this out and say – “no more.
Those who are behind social media with abusive and disrespectful views are not our fans. If you cannot be respectful, then don’t be part of our sport.
“Drive it out. Together.”
Several drivers, including Sebastian Vettel, Lando Norris and Sergio Perez, called for lifetime bans for fans who abuse others.