Vettel, Sainz, Bottas and Stroll reprimanded over protests

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Vettel, Sainz, Bottas and Stroll reprimanded over protests

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Vettel, Sainz, Bottas and Stroll reprimanded over protests


Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll were all reprimanded for wearing t-shirts during the national anthem at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The FIA pre-race procedure allows drivers to wear “any attire conveying a message in support of the WeRaceAsOne values” while F1’s WeRaceAsOne video is played out and the grid carries out a gesture alongside a banner calling for greater inclusion and equality. As part of that, Vettel wore a rainbow-colored pride t-shirt with the words “Same Love,” in a similar stance to one he has taken at many previous races.

This weekend was particularly pointed as Hungary recently passed an anti-gay law — one of many in recent years — that bans the depiction of homosexuality to anyone under the age of 18, with an upcoming referendum on the law being highlighted by both Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race weekend.

However, while drivers can make a statement during the WeRaceAsOne segment, they were informed they must remove any such attire for the national anthem and only wear their race suit. Despite that instruction from the FIA, Vettel kept his t-shirt on, while Sainz, Bottas and Stroll also still wore their anti-racism t-shirts.

Those actions were investigated by the stewards after the race, with all four drivers given non-driving reprimands, their first of the season.