Domenicali: F1 hasn’t ignored morality in favour of money

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Domenicali: F1 hasn’t ignored morality in favour of money

A defiant Stefano Domenicali has stated “nobody can choose our morality” after the choice to proceed with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix  – regardless of a missile strike taking place seven miles from the circuit on Friday.

Drivers and groups have been in a four-hour assembly on Friday to debate whether or not the second spherical of the championship ought to go forward – for the security of everybody, not simply the drivers.

F1’s CEO was totally supportive of the present occurring, regardless of robust and repeated options that it has been placing business success earlier than morals.

He believes they made the best choice to proceed with the Saudi Arabian race weekend and that the game makes a constructive affect on the international locations they go to.

Domenicali advised Sky Sports activities in an interview: “Nobody can choose our morality, to be sincere. It’s a matter of putting in all of the issues that should be thought-about.

“The place is the road? That’s the query. Our place, and it’ll at all times be, is that we imagine that what we’re doing may have a really constructive affect in all of the political conditions for the most effective of our life and in any respect ranges.”

“It will at all times be the consideration we are going to take for our future within the sport, everywhere in the world.”

There was criticism for F1 competing in Saudi Arabia too because of the lack of ladies’s and LGBTQ+ rights, with stories of beheadings nonetheless widespread.

“It isn’t a matter of questions marks; it’s a matter of understanding the state of affairs,” Domenicali stated.

“We’re not blind, however we must always not overlook one factor: this nation and the game is taking an enormous step ahead. You can not fake to alter a tradition of greater than a millennium within the blink of an eye fixed.

“The assets that they’re putting in to maneuver ahead, you see right here. Don’t overlook a few years in the past, girls couldn’t drive, and they’re right here on the grid, cheering and seeing the game.

“They’re altering quite a lot of legal guidelines with a view to be certain this [F1] is going on. We have now to think about that.”

Lots of the drivers have been towards persevering with with the race weekend, however with assurance and persuasion from F1 bosses, all of them got here to an settlement.

CEO Domenicali didn’t deny that there are nonetheless points within the nation and that they are going to proceed to regulate issues.

“In fact, there are tensions inside, there are issues that should be improved. We don’t need to be political on that, however I do imagine that we’re enjoying an important function within the modernisation of this nation. We’re specializing in ensuring it’s on the centre of our agenda.”


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