Bravo Motor Sport for highlighting the issues raised yet again by the F1 circus heading to the Middle East [The Editor, December]. This surely has to be an astounding display of double standards. F1 has been pleased to lend a platform to the Black Lives Matter movement whilst at the same time being happy to visit the money tree, known as the Middle East, where quite clearly many lives don’t. Stefano Domenicali is deluding himself and convincing no-one in stating as an excuse that “F1 could be a force for good in the region”. Many F1 aficionados are uncomfortable with the current position and it would be a good time for F1 to rethink its ethical guidelines.
I couldn’t agree more with the editor Joe Dunn in regards to three F1 races in the Middle East. None of these three countries can brag about their human rights record whether you talk about how they treat their female citizens or how they treat low paid workers from other countries.
It is time that the FIA as well as the Formula 1 management group showed some guts and stand up for human rights instead of just looking at the cash flow into their accounts.