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Vettel stunned by F1 resolution to discontinue ‘taking the knee’

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Sebastian Vettel stated Formula One drivers had not been consulted concerning the sport’s plans to dispose of the pre-race slot for taking the knee, and recommended the choice might have been taken for enterprise causes.
Formula One chief government Stefano Domenicali informed Sky Sports earlier this week that the game would now not set time apart for drivers to take the knee forward of races, because it appears to be like to introduce extra concrete actions to fight racism.
The drivers usually used the pre-race second, launched in 2020, to assist causes of their alternative or Formula One’s broader “We Race As One” variety, inclusion and sustainability platform.
“The issues that we are tackling are not going to be gone within two years,” stated four-times champion Vettel forward of the launch of his new 2022 Aston Martin challenger.
“Therefore I was a bit surprised. Probably it was getting a bit too strong and too individual for the business side of it.”
Domenicali stated the “We Race As One” platform would proceed with a video that preceded drivers taking the knee nonetheless being broadcast and branding for the initiative seen at race tracks.
Vettel, who like seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton is a staunch advocate for social justice, racial equality and environmental sustainability, was amongst these to kneel.

He hoped drivers would nonetheless discover a option to show their assist for the problems they cared about.
“I hope that as drivers we find a way to get together and find a slot for still expressing topics that are important to us,” stated the 34-year-old.
“Probably not all the drivers care but I think there are some that really do care.”