The FIA has inserted an official ‘End Racism Recognition’ ceremony into Sunday’s British GP timetable, the details of which are now known.
F1 and its governing body were criticized by Lewis Hamilton for not providing drivers with a dedicated platform to convey the sport’s ‘End Racism’ message.
The lack of organization led to chaotic and rushed display in Hungary, with several drivers joining late or not at all the short pre-race ritual.
The FIA has subsequently allocated a window for the drivers’ ceremonial as well as a series of guidelines for the observance.
At 13:52.30 precisely, Silverstone’s PA system will alert drivers to walk to the “carpet runner” wearing black-coloured T shirts with the End Racism message on it.
An ‘End Racism’ banner will be placed across the width of the track and the drivers will stand by their name card.
At 13:53, the drivers will be shown on the world feed while an audio message will inform the public at home that the act is being done “in recognition of the importance of equality and equal opportunity for all”.
Drivers will then choose their gesture of support, like “taking the knee”, “standing on carpet with arms crossed in front or behind them”, or “anything else a driver may feel comfortable to do”.
The ceremony will conclude with the statement: “Thank you for this statement of support to end
racism in the world”, and drivers will move to their name card position for the National Anthem.
“I hope the above is clear and provides some clarity and reassurance to the drivers,” said FIA race director Michael Masi.
“The FIA, F1 and F1 teams’ communication directors will continue to manage the media expectations on how this gesture will be marked, and that each driver is united in the call to end racism and will choose their own gesture at the determined time to mark this.”
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