“Everyone is allowed freedom of speech. It did get out of control at times with so much messaging going on – does it detract from the focus of the sport? These drivers can do this stuff in their own time, so I think it is within Formula One and the FIA’s right to say here’s the code of conduct we expect for you to follow during a Grand Prix weekend.”
The issue has been prominent in other sports, with a number of international captains initially set to wear rainbow coloured armbands for World Cup games in Qatar. However, the plans were scrapped when FIFA threatened sanctions.